World leaders demand Libya to end violence

Libyan authorities have come under severe criticism over the on-going violent repression of anti-government demonstrations.

Protests in Libya

Protests in Libya

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, foreign affairs ministers from several governments around the world said the violent crackdown was unacceptable while supporting the suspension of Libya from the Human Rights Council.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the international community must continue to exert pressure on the Libyan government to respect the basic freedoms of its citizens and end the violence.

“The Council made a principled stand in convening a special session that resolved to mandate investigations into the violations of human rights and recommended a suspension of Libya’s membership from the Council. The Council should not relax its vigilance over Libya as the threat of violent reprisals against civilians still looms. Indeed, vigilance over rights that are at risk and responsiveness to the cries of the victims continue to be responsibilities of the tallest order for this Council.”

The High Commissioner urged the international community to take action to support respect for human rights and the democratization process now sweeping though the Middle East and North Africa.

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