According to Human Rights Watch, Libyan dictator Mu’ammar al-Qadafi may sentence Libya’s most prominent dissident, Fathi al-Jami to death.
His crime? “Slandering Qadafi.”
Officials and professors at Columbia University, who were was recently “honored” to have Qadafi address a conference and gives his deep thoughts on “Democracy in the 21st Century,” must be so proud of themselves.
“The Libyan government is taking great pains to introduce a democratic face to the world,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director of Human Rights Watch.
“But it appears willing to execute people for criticizing its leader or talking with a foreign official, which shows how far it has to go.”
President Bush, who has spoken up for al-Jami in the past, needs to do so again — forcefully.
The HRW statement is here.