Senate resolution demands that Gadhafi resign

AP News
Posted: Mar 01, 2011 7:01 PM
Senate resolution demands that Gadhafi resign

The Senate has approved a resolution condemning the "gross and systematic violations of human rights in Libya" and demanding that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi leave office.

Senators unanimously passed the measure that also called on the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.

The resolution, which does not have the force of law, applauded the Libyan people for standing up "against the brutal dictatorship" of Gadhafi and for demanding democratic reforms.

It called on the Libyan leader to desist from further violence, release people who have been arbitrarily detained and ensure the safe passage of those wishing to leave the country.

The proposal was sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez, Democrat from New Jersey, and Mark Kirk, Republican from Illinois.