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Resolution on the escalation of violence in Libya

On the final morning of its proceedings the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee adopted a resolution concerning the escalating violence in Libya condemning the use of force on all sides and calling for the respect for human rights of all people in Libya.

22 February 2011

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting in Geneva from 16 to 22 February 2011 expresses its deep concern about disturbing reports of the escalation of violence and the killing of hundreds of protestors in clashes with Libyan security forces over the past few days.

The WCC Central Committee condemns the use of force on all sides of the conflict. We call all parties to respect the human rights of all people in Libya and we urge that ways be found to establish a peaceful dialogue to end the violence, and that efforts be made to ensure a future that brings peace with justice and security for all people.

We pray and hope for the safety of the people of Libya, and for a non-violent and just resolution of this current conflict.

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