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Justice Sachar statement on Libya

Justice Ranjidar Sachar, former chief justice of Delhi High Court, head of the Prime Minister's high level committee on Indian Muslims and a former president of the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) India has issued the following statement on the barbaric NATO-American strikes on Libya beyond the UN mandate:

New Delhi (2 May 2011): It would seem that international law is nonexistent. That alone can explain the barbaric bombing of civilian targets in Libya. I hold no brief for what many correctly describe Gaddafi as a tyrannical ruler. I have full sympathy for the opposition and admiration for their struggle to get rid of Gaddafi.

But I protest strongly at the unilateral action of Nato air strike UNO has not sanctioned it. Who are these self appointed guardians of world security. Who gives them the right to bomb civilian targets and residential quarters. The latest hit has resulted in a residential complex of Gaddafi’s youngest son Saif al Arab who even by Western reports was not involved in polities and was known for his partying and praying.

I am of the firm opinion that India should raise this matter at UNO, if it wishes to prevent the objectionable role of Europeans nations to act as purported guardians of the non European States – a clear case of racial arrogance and amounting to genocide. The fact that Gaddafis has engaged in brutal murders can not justify a sectional group of nations to arrogate to itself the role of World policeman and inflect counter genocide an non European population.

Rajindar Sachar

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