Libya: Gaddafi, now an international criminal!

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London, Feb 27: During his uninterrupted 41-year of ruling, Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi might not have thought that one day his people will raise voice against him and the entire world will join them in isolating the rigid leader. Gaddafi has been completely isolated after United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously voted to impose military and financial sanctions against the Libyan leader.

Citing the uprising in the North African country, UNSC on Saturday, Feb 26 decided to impose sanction on Gaddafi and his inner circle and to refer his regime's crackdown on protesters to a war crimes tribunal for an investigation of possible crimes against humanity.

Showing his rage against Gaddafi, president of United States of America (USA), Barack Obama stated, "when a leader's only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now."

Secretary of States, Hillary Clinton stated, "We will continue to look at the full range of options to hold the Libyan government accountable and support the Libyan people."

Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd stated, "The Libyan regime's use of violence against its people is deeply disturbing and completely unacceptable." He also added, "The time has come for Australia to reflect its grave concern by enacting these practical measures."

Meanwhile, India, which is not a member of the International Criminal Court, showed its concern over the unrest in middle-east countries. India's permanent representative in UNSC, Hardeep Singh Puri claimed, "We, however, note that several members of the council, including our colleagues from Africa and the Middle East, believe that such a referral would have the effect of immediate cessation of violence and restoration of calm and stability."

While India has evacuated more 550 Indians from Libya and many more are waiting for the rescue, Britain has shutdown its embassy in Libyan capital Tripoli. The embassy's employees were on board the last of several chartered planes.

All countries around the world now concentrating on rescuing their respective citizens who have stranded in Libya. Libya's protest, demanding Gaddafi's ouster, reached to its peak now. Many have reportedly been met with a bloody crackdown by security forces.

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