The Organizing Committee for the April Demonstration is pleased to report that the April 1999 Demonstration was held to
protest against human rights abuses in Libya under the Gaddafi dictatorship. As announced, the
peaceful protest was held in front of the Libyan Mission to the United Nations, in New York,
Saturday, 10 April, 1999, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The April demonstration was a grassroots
effort aiming to draw attention to the condition of human rights in Libya. It was organized by Libyan
independents, who were joined by other Libyans and non-Libyans in a call for freedom and justice
As the world community evaluates Gaddafi's recent offerings, and as they review the regime's
record on international terrorism, the April Demonstration comes to underscore the regime's long
record of abusing the rights of Libyans and waging domestic terrorism. In April, we protest against
the unjust executions of Libyan university students; against the physical liquidation and abductions of
Libyans abroad, against the torture and persecution of Libyans in Gaddafi's prisons of conscience,
and against the systematic abuse of basic rights and freedoms in Libya, including freedoms of
association, movement, religion, and expression. The regime's record of abuses is publicized
worldwide by the United Nations and independent human rights organizations, and more painfully
experienced by ordinary Libyans on a daily basis. Today, as Gaddafi's regime pledges to
compensate families of victims of international terrorism, his laws of collective punishment continue
to terrorize the Libyan families of his opponents.
In view of current events, the April Demonstration was a timely effort by Libyans abroad, in the
campaign for the rights of fellow Libyans in Libya. While we hope that the recent suspension of the
UN sanctions may bring some economic relief for Libya in the near future, we are also convinced
that the long-term prosperity of Libyans is fatally undermined by the regime's extensive record of
corruption and brutal abuses of basic rights and freedoms.
We thank all of the participants who responded to our call, Libyans and non-Libyans, and all
who supported us in planning and publicizing the April Demonstration. We also hope that more
Libyans living abroad will find it within their means to hold and join future protests, and to express
actively their solidarity with Libyan victims of the abusive Gaddafi dictatorship. Together against
tyranny, together for freedom and justice in Libya.
Long live Libya!
The Organizing Committee for the April 1999 Demonstration, New York.
Monday, 19 April, 1999
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Tarek Bagdadi
903 Newton Ave. North
Mpls, Mn 55411
or: P.O. Box 18442
Mpls, Mn 55411