Rights groups launch campaign to oust Libya from UN

16th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A coalition of rights groups on Thursday launched a global campaign against Libya over its entry into the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The election of Libya to the UN Human Rights Council "is an outrage to the global human rights community", some 30 non-governmental organisations said in a statement.

Given its "notorious record as one of the world's worst violators of human rights", they said Libya's membership went against the UN's promise to elect member states committed to the promotion and protection of human rights.

For the global campaign, the rights groups called on the UN's 192 members not to allow Libya a seat on the Geneva-based council unless the regime under Moamer Kadhafi made significant changes.

"Libya has the biggest record of human rights violations in the world and should, on the contrary, be the last country in the world to enter the Council", said an official from one of the rights groups, UN Watch.

Several victims of the Libyan regime were present at the news conference and also criticised the decision by the Council, the UN's main body dealing with human rights.

© 2010 AFP

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