The government of Botswana says it strongly condemns the use of lethal force by Libyan security forces during the uprising, which started in the oil-rich Arab state of North Africa.
This is the third similar condemnation to come from Botswana after the ones issued to the governments of toppled Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt this month.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Phandu Sekelemani, on Monday summoned the Libyan representative “to protest in the strongest possible terms against the killings and condemn these actions”, according to a media statement issued on Monday.
The government says reports by the international media point to a “disproportionate use of force” by the Security Forces against unarmed and peaceful demonstrators contrary to internationally accepted norms of freedom of expression and assembly.
“This act on the part of the government is tantamount to crime against humanity and is incompatible with tenets and ethics of a united Africa as envisaged by African leaders and enthusiastically pursued by the Libyan Leadership,” read the statement.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had always harboured ambition to become president of a united Africa.
The government of Botswana noted that for too long, the people in some of the countries in North Africa and the Middle East have had to suffer under autocratic regimes and their leaders.
“It is, therefore, our hope that these countries will accommodate democratic reforms, which contribute to peace and stability,” the statement reads.
By Monday, international newswires put the death toll in Libya since the uprising at just over 200.