ADL Welcomes U.S. Sanctions Against Libya

New York, NY, February 25, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended the United States government's decision to level economic sanctions against Libya and the strong international action taken against the regime of Muammar Qaddafi, including the suspension of Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council. 

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement: 

The world has been justifiably outraged by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's brutality against his own people.  The international community must act to protect the people of Libya and prevent the Libyan regime from continuing and expanding its abhorrent violence. 

We commend the United States government for its decision to impose sanctions on the regime. We also welcome the strong statements of condemnation against Libya offered by leaders from around the world, and the appropriate step taken by the UN Human Rights Council.

The United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to suspend Libya from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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