UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The attacks against Libyan civilians may be “crimes against humanity” warranting prosecution by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to a draft U.N. sanctions resolution.
The text, drafted by France and Britain and circulated to other members of the U.N. Security Council on Friday, also calls for an arms embargo against Libya as well as travel bans and asset freezes for the country’s top leaders.
The six-page draft, which was obtained by Reuters, says that “the widespread and systematic attacks currently taking place in Libya against the civilian population may amount to crimes against humanity.”
By some estimates thousands of Libyans have been killed in recent days in clashes between forces loyal to longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi and anti-government protesters.
The 15-nation council has only referred one other case to the ICC -- the conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region.
Without mentioning Gaddafi by name, the draft resolution also calls on the “Libyan authorities” to immediately end the violence.
A vote on the draft resolution, which will be amended during closed-door negotiations, is not expected on Friday, council diplomats told Reuters.
Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Eric Beech