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Gaddafi Must Go: Western Leaders Condemn Libyan Regime

Publication Date: 
February 26, 2011
The Huffington Post
Julia Steers

Lecturer Joe "Chip" Pitts III spoke with the Huffington Post about the United Nations Security Council's approval of sanctions against Libya and how that might affect Muammar Gaddafi's ability to maintain power. Julia Steers filed the following story:

International leaders called on Muammar Gaddafi to step down on Sunday, sharpening rhetoric against the Libyan regime.

Some leaders also addressed criticism that the international community has been too slow to take action against the violence in Libya.

On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved sanctions against Libya, including asset freezes, a travel ban, an arms embargo, and the referral of crimes to the International Criminal Court.

Chip Pitts, a lecturer in human rights law at Stanford Law School, believes the resolution could lead to results on the ground in Libya, including the end of Gaddafi's rule.

"Gaddafi's forces now know they face real war crimes liability, and accountability in general," he told The Huffington Post. "The measures will encourage his forces and others from his side to keep defecting, thus accelerating Gaddafi's removal from power."