Libya suspended from UN Human Rights Council

Libya has become the first country to be suspended from the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council.

Human Rights Council

The decision has been taken by the General Assembly  without a vote following a recommendation by the Human Rights Council.

Last Friday the Council condemned the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Libya.

Appealing to the Assembly to “act decisively”, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the latest reports from the ground “are sobering”.

“I am gravely concerned at the continued loss of life, the ongoing repression of the population and the clear incitement to violence against the civilian population by Colonel Qadhafi and his supporters. Arms depots and arsenals have reportedly been opened to gangs who terrorize communities. There are reports that government forces have fired indiscriminately on peaceful protesters and bombed military bases in the east of the country.”

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