onsdag 2 mars 2011

Libyen ut ur FN:s mänskorättsråd

FN:s generalförsamling har uteslutit Libyen från mänskorättsrådet.

UN Watch:
Success: UN Watch thanks UNGA for finally suspending Qaddafi from UN Human Rights Council
Geneva, March 1- UN Watch, which has led the opposition by rights groups and victims to Libya’s presence on the UN Human Rights Council for the past year, said this afternoon’s vote by the General Assembly — which unanimously suspended the Qaddafi regime — was “better late than never.”
“The election of Libya to the world’s top human rights body last May was a shameful act that bolstered Qaddafi’s regime, demoralized his victims, and stained the reputation of the United Nations,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based human rights group.
“The 155 UN member states who just last year decided to make Qaddafi a world judge on human rights—and the others who stood by silently—should now ask forgiveness from all the men and women who were victimized by four decades of extrajudicial killings, brutality, torture, international terrorism, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, and oppression,” said Neuer, who is an international lawyer representing victims of Libyan torture in a complaint before an international tribunal. “This includes the families of the 1,200 detainees killed in Abu Salim Prison in June 1996, and of the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.”
Neuer noted that other gross and systematic violators of human rights continue to sit on the council, including China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. “We call on UN member states to turn over a new leaf in the next elections. The practice of disguising the enemies of human rights as arbiters of international justice must stop.”

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