UN rights council settles dispute over Libya representation

8th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN Human Rights Council, which has postponed a hearing on the situation in Libya due to disagreements over who would speak for the country, has found a solution Wednesday, the UN said.

Council members had received two requests of speakers for Libya -- one from Tripoli and one from the rebel National Transition Council.

Following negotiations, the council finally decided that the Libyan regime will be allowed to speak immediately after the presentation of a inquiry panel's report into the situation in the country.

The National Transition Council, based in the eastern Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi, will meanwhile be able to join in the debate if a non-governmental organisation or a country offers it part of its allotted speaking time, said Cedric Sapey, spokesman of the Office for the Commissioner of Human Rights.

Members of the Libyan UN mission have announced their defection in February, as a result, the Moamer Kadhafi regime is sending diplomats from Tripoli to participate in the Human Rights Council hearing, Sapey added.

The hearing, to be held Thursday, will begin with the presentation of the inquiry's report which has accused the Kadhafi of committing crimes against humanity through its systematic attacks on the population.

While it noted fewer reports of violations by the opposition, the commission of inquiry set up by the Human Rights Council also found that rebel forces committed acts that constituted war crimes.

© 2011 AFP

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