Secretary Clinton: "Libya Has a Responsibility To Respect the Universal Rights of the People"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 21, 2011
Fire Engines in Benghazi, Libya

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement on the situation in Libya. The Secretary said:

"The world is watching the situation in Libya with alarm. We join the international community in strongly condemning the violence in Libya. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been lost, and with their loved ones. The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly. Now is the time to stop this unacceptable bloodshed. We are working urgently with friends and partners around the world to convey this message to the Libyan government."



Joseph M.
Oregon, USA
February 21, 2011

Joseph M. in Oregon writes:

Once again, once a autocratic, authoritarian ruler, initiates the random killing of their own people, my guess would be that they will not survive as a ruler and "yes, they've lost their grip and any future prospect for remaining in authority as a longstanding dictator". However, there are some key differences with respect to Libya; Libya is strategically important to the international community due to its high yielding oil production and unlike Tunisia and Egypt, the Libyan regime seeks in choosing violence and would rather kill their population, instead of adhering to stepping down. I heard Qaddafi's son, quote the following this morning, broad-casted by BBC World News, when asked if they are considering engaging with the demonstrators seeking reforms--suggesting that the Libyan government would seek further confrontation, by stating: "if it takes every last bullet, in reference to stopping the demonstrators, they literally would rather kill the Libyan people". So much for the concept of human rights, rule of law and seeking any hope for democratic reforms for change! An absolute mess. I'd like to see the EU place greater pressure, in asking the Libyan government in stepping down, they should be indicted by the International War Tribunal for "crimes against humanity", in saying the least.

Michael B.
Oregon, USA
February 21, 2011

Michael B. in Oregon writes:

What has happened to the United States of America? For the first time in my life, our political leadership has made me ashamed. I am 58.

New Mexico, USA
February 21, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Dear Madam Secretary,

What we have here is all out war on a civilian population including the use of the Lybian air force to bomb and strafe them.

Ther colonel isn't listening to you or anyone else and he's fast headed for being in a long line of tyrants who have committed crimes against humanity and genocide.

With respect to his military, the fact that two pilots landed in Malta asking for asylum after having been ordered to bomb civilians at least gives one hope that the sane may overcome the insane and disobey orders having criminal intent.

Those two gentlemen deserve mention and the world's respect. And have my vote for shared nomination for next year's Nobel Peace honors.

If we must finish Ghaddafi off and remove him on behalf of his people to create the peace that has been broken in such manner as this, then Madam Secretary I think we should do so, and I doubt you'll hear much objection from the American people or folks in the region.

Better to do it with a posse, but if it be cowboy diplomacy- Chicago style- you know what I say about that?

The job description entails mostly mending fences and leading the heard to greener pastures. But there are wolves and coyotes and snakes in the grass, and the occasional two-legged varmits who'll cause you to earn your paycheck.

Now the people of Lybia are askin us to come help them establish some down home justice and a taste of freedom that will linger.

You know this and so does the President, and they be calling out to him by name, so's he hears them real loud and clear.

I know this whole deal in MENA wasn't really on his calander and now as the beacon of freedom we be, we gotta do our part and not let folks down.

It is if anything a test of our own commitment to the notion of the universality of human rights in the second decade of the 21st century.

We call for peaceful interactions and get the opposite, is it hypocritical for us to use force to re-establish peace and move a people forward in their lives in greater freedom...or to greener pastures so to speak?

It stands to reason that it might be wise to show solidarity with the people in immediate aid.

I don't think it would be that difficult for us to ground his airforce, Sec. Gates could simply call and say "You use it, you lose it."

And let Ghadaffi guess what comes after.

We do have a history of dropping things on his dwelling after all...

I truly wish folks would listen to reason and their heart, but to until we "86" tyranical idiots off the menue so they can't harm folks, we stand to get blamed for not doing anything physical to stop it in time.

Why? Because we can if this government of its people wants to bad enough, that's why.

And everybody on Earth knows it.

I hear fear talk of radicalism replacing tyrany and while I don't see the people buying into radical agenda because freedom works for them, who wants to be told what to do or how to dress?

But if we want to head al-quaida's agenda off at the pass, then how much better will our relations with Muslims around the world be if we help them obtain what they want in material ways?

Moral support is one thing, and it's a good thing, but sometimes this nation is required to do more for the right reasons.

The quicker this ends, the more lives will be saved.

Thanks for listening,


Scott S.
Texas, USA
February 22, 2011

Scott S. in Texas writes:

I'm happy to see that secretary Clinton is speaking out against the egregious crimes being committed in Libya but the men responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of their own people will not be moved by this empty statement. It will take more than a stern lecture to protect the lives of innocent men, women and children seeking nothing more than the realization of basic human rights. Please stand up for these yearning to break free from oppression. We cannot abandon them now.

In Libya today courageous individuals are standing up for the highest of American ideals: freedom, peace and democracy. History is being made in North Africa. Hundreds of years after we are all dead school children will learn about what has happened and what is still unfolding in front of our eyes. Please do not let us be remembered for watching idly as people were gunned down in the streets for standing against tyranny.

We must take action to defend the defenseless. That doesnt mean that we have add more guns to the conflict but this situation requires much more than a condemnation, it requires boldness, passion and creativity but most importantly it requires action.

Joseph M.
Oregon, USA
February 22, 2011

Joseph A. M. in Oregon writes:

Madam Secretary,

"The world is watching the situation in Libya with alarm"; but it is also watching the reaction of the EU, the U.S. and the international community closely.

Qaddafi's actions have demonstrated that he is ruthless and is literally beyond rationality in dealing with his people's recent uprising and their rallying for change.

The U.S. should do more in intervening with regard to the stituation and the wreckless onslaught occurring, resulting in the mass killings of civlians.

I would suggest a joint UN mandated, EU, UN and U.S. intervention, so that the Qaddafi government, (who I would imagine is close to being ousted) does not accuse the U.S. with meddling in their internal affairs. It is an all out slaughter of civlians, a modern day genocide on the scale of what occurred in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Rwanda. Although the dynamics for those mass-killings were different during the 1990's, the outrage remains the same and my point is this--"has the international community already forgotten the autrocities that occurred during the 1990's so soon?"

Let's not wait hastily and intervene in a proactive, carefully coordinated manner with regard to the situation in Libya.


February 22, 2011

Willy writes:

Free oil let's get it

Syrian P.
February 22, 2011

SNP in Syria writes:

So exciting, the to do list getting longer by the day. I can't wait to see that freedom flag rise up in pride with glowing colors, white, blue and Blond.

Samuel B.
February 22, 2011

Samuel J. B. in Uganda writes:

Lydians are just naughty , For Us in Uganda are leading inflation,joblessness,and the poorest housing endure government is selfish but we endure though ! keep this handy

South Korea
February 22, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Libya, 50% probability of the situation, I think. And Twitter is not solving the problem .... I do not Nowadays, this idea is. Secretary of State during times, where supporters are wondering. Someone was going to know what to protest ...

However, the human beings, in reality, every time I meet a'm away ... If South Korea, the State Department to think hard to come to the site. I'll take action if any. However, there is a last wish. Air Force in Korea under the auspices of the Lockheed Martin has created a need for exercisers. It was the level of simple jobbing shop, selling the idea that there are considerable difficulties. Is there any way to fix this? In the current situation in Korea is a very important issue to me.

The export of military technology and political considerations rather than financial support is thought to work a lot. Time in Italy makes, how I want to find.

Alone, and efforts to study, but it is much ado about nothing anyway, practical help is needed.

State Department would not come home anymore. For supporters of the Prime Minister to Korea, too much to believe has been damaged. Honestly, I'd love to rip kill. Meet the horses and horses in front of a different time ..... We hope you always stay healthy ...

South Korea
February 22, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Libya's problem is difficult, but I think there are two choices. Did you help Gadhafi, pulled away. Italy's efforts to present alternatives, the idea, but there's not a problem easily solved, the diplomatic effort, the people of Libya and Libya's ruling did not satisfy think.

Difficult to include the logic of democracy and freedom to think. Find another way to think. Military coup, is also thought to be good. Made a winner too, have created a difficult situation is considered to be sustainable. Gaddafi the democratic forces of Islamic fundamentalism in the end the suspect is likely to adopt. Article 3 of the forces supported by the Libyan government to the birth of one way of preventing bloodshed, I think.

And, T-50 by the Korea government and opposition parties and business, to try and sell it to think. I was unreasonable to ask. Weigh the political opposition and of human beings afflicted me with a smile on tv has been out in the excitement. No more for me to believe that the Republic of Korea is significant. Of the opposition party was betrayed by everyone ...

18 ... What is of interest because it appears to have the burden of all the escapes, Libya and others with an interest that they do so annoying, no dialogue, or that Italy is a good go for the people of Fiji, Libya has no effect as no prescription I think.

If my ability, not even protesters Gaddafi also Article 3 of the military and the forces will provide the opportunity. What I think is a totally different issue. Iran Iran's president wonhaetjiman reforms, the forces are weak situation, Libya, fully secured the hegemony of those who do not think the situation is. Forgetting about my predicament, but I think the decision has to be fast. Anyone think he would not provide a delight to the results.

sherif h.
February 22, 2011

Sherif H. in Egypt writes:

Thanks for allowing us to be in touch,my futur view of egypt is an interim gov. not like the present hated one apointed by the late dictator but consisted from ntional patriotic facec which opposed the dictator and they are many of them,egypt count 85 million,a new constitution then a fair election than parlementry democracy like the UK for example,wh0 gets more than 5% have the right to represent people throuh his party in parlment,provided ofcourse the right to establish politicel partys,humen values must prevail like the respect of basic human rights,personal integrity of every person,respect of ethnic and religious minoritys,we hav not invented the bycicle as it is always been said,these changes have been made by every state moving from dictatorship toward democracy,like in east europe at 1989,we hope from all democratic states to help us as we share the same cause ,freedom and dignity for all humanbeens.

February 22, 2011

W.W. writes:

Statement :

Any sort of Violence is deplored.

U.N. Militar action are gonna be taken against the use of Violence both ways.

Army will be sent in the region.

February 22, 2011

Bilash writes:

LOL, does she really believes so? Or she only have political views of all of such issues??

February 22, 2011

Marifa in Hong Kong writes:


United States
February 22, 2011

Enrique in the U.S.A. writes:

Its nice for Clinton to say that "Libya Has a Responsibility To Respect the Universal Rights of the People" while US citizens are being targeted as we speak! My brother is in Libya as a teacher and has informed me that the US embassy has done nothing to help its citizens while other countries have already stepped in to help thiers!

The US should act and stop talking, you are dropping the ball again!!!

John P.
February 22, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ various contributors

QUOTE: Supporting freedom is a no-brainer, but when everyone looks to America to provide it, they complain about how we go about doing that. END OF QUOTE.

As always, E.J. wrote something special.

Decide guys! What kind of foreign affairs policy do you want from U.S.A.?

When President Reagan send him “the message” years ago, you were telling that bad Americans are trying to invade Libya. They did not!

Now you are saying that U.S.A. does nothing at all to protect what Libyans did not protect for many decades?

After all, it was their freedom and lives to fight for. And they should have started doing this years ago.

According to my poor opinion, I think that the U.S. Administration is doing a great job!

When the U.S. attempts to free countries, as they did in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, you call America a bad name: Hitler. Among others…

When the going gets even tougher though, as in Libya and the region, you say: “America, you do nothing at all”.

Thank God, we have still a strong U.S.A. to pray for saving us during crisis, but (remember this in the future) we should also respect it during peaceful times…

It’s the least that we owe to America!

Using guns to offer freedom to Libya is very probable, because Mr “desert tenter” is a lunatic. I wish he'll change his "mind", if still some.

The Pentagon can easily make him read that: “tender” is the night…

But, until then, we must be sober, wise and trust U.S.

New York, USA
February 23, 2011

Ron in New York writes:

Libya and the Law of Rule......

Libya is the model dysfunctional rogue-state.

How many are we turning a blind-eye to right now?

Let's generate a list on Dipnote. It is easy to identify them. The more chronically mentally-ill the "leader", the more dysfunctional the regime. Why do these sick people get their way? What are the limits of sovereignty? Are we all in a global contract to accept these conditions?

Z X.
New York, USA
February 23, 2011

Xi in New York writes:

Wheres the UN when needed? Why no "no fly zone" to help stop importation of mercenaries?

When UN head spoke to Ghaddafy hope you got GPS fix on his location.

Will medicals and humanitarian supplies come in to Tripoli on evacuation ferry??

Where is the practical, meaningful action on the ground to help those same humans whose universal rights you claim need respecting??

Acheampong F.
February 23, 2011

Acheampong F. writes:

We thank the US secretary of state for the uprising crisis in Libya. We hope with fervent prayer that calm will be restored to safeguard the rights and liberties of the individuals in Libya.

South Korea
February 23, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

wanna drive Peterbilt, in Rocky Mountain...and, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Iranian issue you a certain part of the effort to stabilize to stop the surge in oil prices and think. If Iran continues to protest the ongoing, 110-125dollar was a story about the surge of the possible. Libya to try to prevent access to the need to punish those who do? Would have not, is pity. Thought to have tried to stop to me.

White House to think that efforted. Even now, continues to believe that.

And, in conjunction with a particular company can do approach? I do not think it contributed to the. However, fine or fine from police.

i wnat to beat poice`s boss. He do bads to me and yours-exaggerate.

February 23, 2011

Percy in Canada writes:

Gives new meaning to useless platitudes. It seems the Secretary has been waffling from the start of the uprising in Egypt.

The US is presented with an unprecedented opportunity to revise its foreign policy but it cannot shake off 50 years of propping up tyrants and autocratic tin pots.

The Brits for all their colonial sins-and there were many-had a world view of history that US politicians by and large lack. When immorality is justified in the name of US interests, eventually a steep price will have to be paid.

To my mind there is no better example than Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, two utterly dis functional countries that have under the eyes of the US exported terror, and to this day have done so with impunity.

High time the US shaped its foreign policy to meet the exigencies of the day.

Joseph M.
Oregon, USA
February 24, 2011

Joseph M. in Oregon writes:

The U.S., EU and UN needs to act immediately, with respect to intervening in Libya, the level of violence is horrifying. Have we already forgotten so soon the lessons gained from the 1990's, that we all lived through, in referencing the mass killings in; Bosnia Herzegovina, Rwanda and more recently in Dar-fur Sudan?

We should be very concerned in supporting the democratic movements that has taken hold in North Africa and in the Arab nations recently. The United States has a strategic interest and a moral obligation. We have a unfettered commitment in supporting democratic reforms and the people's movement in each country, regardless if those populations decide and vote a parliamentary government with Islamic representation.

Whether in Egypt, Libya or in Yemen, our role is to support the raise of democratic change and to support the people's wishes for each country individually. It is not the business of the U.S. or of the international community to decide in each individual country, what a future government is likely to emerge--the will of the people should be represented, by achieving democratic reforms. I personally am very pleased in witnessing the collapse of decades of authoritarian and autocratic ruling, experienced by many Arab nations during my lifetime.

That said, as we well know, the reports and circumstances coming from Libya are extremely alarming to the entire international community. Reports out of Western Libya are becoming even more disturbing, the level of violence, shootings and large-scale human rights violations are escalating greatly, especially in Tripoli. The sign reads: "Benghazi We Are With You", Where is the joint effort by the UN and international community in the form of crisis intervention?---"Game Over Qaddafi!"

The U.S. and the EU needs to address this humanitarian disaster occurring in Libya, immediately at the scheduled conference in Geneva. Qaddafi and the brutal Czarist thugs responsible for the mass killings need to be indicted by the International War Tribunal (ICC), in saying the least.


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