Libya Suspended From Human Rights Council

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 2, 2011
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Speaks on Libya at UN General Assembly

On March 1, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly suspended Libya's membership on the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Following the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice spoke to members of the press. Ambassador Rice said:

"We had, just, a historic session of the General Assembly when all members unanimously agreed to the suspension of Libya's membership from the Human Rights Council. This is the first time that either the Human Rights Council or its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission, have suspended any member state for gross violations of human rights. And we think this is an important step forward in enhancing the credibility of the Human Rights Council, whose credibility on these issues has often, quite legitimately, been called into question. Today, the General Assembly exercised its authority to suspend a member state for gross violations of human rights. In our view, this is progress, as was last Friday's special session in Geneva for the Human Rights Council, and we hope its progress will be sustained."

When asked about the role many Arab countries took in this resolution, Ambassador Rice said, "I think it's very significant and an important development. And similarly the Africa Group, which also claims Libya as a member, took strong leadership and brought this effort both to Geneva and to New York. And so, while we're proud to have co-sponsored it, we certainly applaud their leadership."

In response to the UN General Assembly's decision, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released this statement:

"The United States applauds the move by the UN General Assembly to suspend Libya's membership rights in the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We continue to demand an immediate halt to the violence perpetrated by the Qadhafi government against its own citizens. The General Assembly today has made it clear that governments that turn their guns on their own people have no place on the Human Rights Council.

"Today's historic action is the first time that any country serving on the Human Rights Council, or the Commission before it, has ever had its membership suspended. The international community is speaking with one voice and our message is unmistakable: these violations of universal rights are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"Two years ago, the United States announced that we would seek to join the Human Rights Council with a commitment to reform the Council from within. The actions the Council has taken over the last few days, setting the stage for today's decision, is the latest example that our engagement is paying dividends, even as we keep pressing for further reforms.

"The United States will continue to work with the international community on additional steps to hold the Qadhafi government accountable, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, and support the Libyan people as they pursue a transition to democracy."Related Content: Ambassador Rice Delivers Remarks on Resolution 1970 -- Libya Sanctions

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MikhailVD
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Russia
March 2, 2011

Mikhail in Russia writes:

"The United States will continue to work with the international community on additional steps to hold the Qadhafi government accountable, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, and support the Libyan people as they pursue a transition to democracy."?

John P.
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Greece
March 2, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Mikhail in Russia

What is the question?

nancy w.
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District Of Columbia, USA
March 3, 2011

Nancy W. in Washington, DC writes:

What was taking them so long (U R C) we know what was going on for 20 years I have been there and I have seen it and I am nobody.

Joseph M.
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Oregon, USA
March 3, 2011

Joseph M. in Oregon writes:

@ Mikhail, please clarify your point?

Memo for U.S. Department of State:

I'm very please in reading about the agressive measures and steps taken by the international community in pursuing indictments for the Qaddafi regime and entourage for "Crimes Against Humanity" and future prosecution by the ICC.

That said, the outcome for this civil uprising and conflict will be decisive on Friday March 4th. I think that the demonostrators have lost the momentum needed in overtaking Tripoli, due to a confluence of circumstances, mainly generated by Qaddafi's willingness in reverting to violence, not seen since the regime assumed control in 1969. The Chavez plan calling for multi-national negotiations would raise many more questions. By assuming the multi-national negotiation and approach, this would obviously have to include the demands of the rebels, protesters and Libyan opposition, they want Qaddafi to step down and form a new government.

Qaddafi, is very unlikely to give up his power willingly, the rebels and protesters have already lost the momentum needed for the movement to succede in Libya. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, Qaddafi has successfully, discouraged the Tripoli population from conducting any further protests, by "offering more monetary incentives to the general working class and by the mere threat of shooting and attacking any future protesters". The Chavez approach would be very difficult, but worth a try, preferred over a complicated "no-flying zone" being established, but would the protesters agree to it?

red61
March 7, 2011

W.W. writes:

US biggest “Human Rights” violator of modern time: Indian Leader New Delhi, March 7, IRNA -- The US is the biggest “Human Rights” violator of the modern time, said an Indian Leader on Monday in New Delhi.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA, Shoaib Iqbal, MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) of Delhi Assembly said: “The United States has a notorious record of human rights violations in other countries.”

Condemning the statements of the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on Iran's human rights, Indian leader said that crimes against humanity were committed in the courses of all US-led wars including the ones in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, which resulted in countless civilian casualties, and destroyed entire countries.

Moreover, several cases of extra-judicial killings, thousands of detainees held in Afghanistan and Iraq without evidences and without access to lawyers, are showing the mirror to the US, he noted.

Shoaib, while reciting a very common Indian phrase which means “the country, a prime violator of human rights is accusing others,” said that the crimes committed by US Army together with additional US governmental agencies in the Guantanamo Bay and Abu Gharaib prison prove that the US has a notorious record of human rights violations.

Referring to the reports of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Philip Alston on the crimes committed by American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, Indian politician suggested the US government to face its own human rights problems and give up the unwise practices of applying double standards on human rights issues.

“Basically, the US has lost its legitimacy to speak up about the human rights violations,” Indian lawmaker noted.

He emphasized that Iran is a Islamic country and cannot be a violator of human rights.
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son34
March 8, 2011

W.W. writes:

US wreaks havoc around world, says former CIA analyst

London, March 8, IRNA -- A former political analyst for America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has accused the US of wreaking havoc and committing “gross atrocities” around the world.

Speaking ahead of Washington’s record on human rights being scrutinised by the UN, Kathleen Christison suggested that it would take too long and require international lawyers to properly cover the US case history of abuses.

'I believe the US has committed gross atrocities around the world and gross violations of international law,” said Christison, who now works as an independent political analyst focused mainly on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“I think all US officials involved in this, particularly during the Bush and the Obama administrations, should be prosecuted and brought to justice by international tribunals. I despair, however, of this ever happening,” she told IRNA in an interview.

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is due next week to consider and adopt the final outcome of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights in the US, which made a whole list of recommendations and conclusions last November.

“I believe the international community, particularly other world leaders, are too intimidated by US power to do the right thing,” Christison said, despite the UN review of the US record of human rights abuses.

“I greatly regret this fact, which leaves the US free to continue wreaking havoc around the world,” she said.

“Perhaps developments such as the revolution in Egypt will change this situation in which the US enjoys carte blanche, but I fear this will take quite some time,” the 70-year old analyst suggested.

Recommendations in the UPR include demands on the US to prohibit torture in all prisons under its control, to invite UN Special Rapporteurs to investigate Guantanamo and US secret prisons before closing them, abolish its extra-judicial and extraterritorial laws and legislate to prevent wide violations of human rights.

During her time as a political analyst for the CIA, Christison’s work concentrated on Vietnam between 1963 and 1972 before centring on the Middle East for the last seven years ahead of her resignation in 1979.

Since leaving, she has worked as a free-lance author and has written such books as Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy and The Wound of Dispossession: Telling the Palestinian Story.

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Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 8, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Be careful where you get your news WW, it can rot your brain.

(chuckle)

Hey, even former cia have "senior moments" and puddle down to a state of left wing-nut dimentia on occasion.

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