Friday, February 25, 2011

UN rights body urges Libya action

Yeah yeah we must do everything within our powers to stop the Violence and Bloodshed in libya, we must step in vigorously and stop this.

Bring on the Sanctions.

That will make them stop.

Pure Genius.

Al Jizeera
The United Nation's top human rights official says reports of mass killings in Libya should spur world leaders to "step in vigorously" to end the violent crackdown in Libya, and that the 47-nation body should use "all means possible".

Friday's session is the first time that the UN Human Rights Council has held a special session to discuss actions against one of its members, with Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner on Human Right, giving support for an independent panel to investigate the alleged abuses by Libyan security forces.

"Today's brutal and shocking situation is the direct outcome of a callous disregard for the rights and freedom of Libyans that has marked the almost four-decade long grip on power by the current ruler," she said.

Her comments came just hours before a UN Security Council in New York meeting that will consider actions against the government of Muammar Gaddafi, which could include sanctions.

France has already urged the body to approve a draft resolution that calls for a "total arms embargo, sanctions and asking the International Criminal Court to proceed over crimes against humanity".

Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister, said his country was also preparing sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes on Gaddafi's family, but dismissed economic sanctions on the country as a whole.

Britain's prime minister has also discussed the possibility of "multilateral measures" against Libya with Barack Obama, the US president.

China and Russia, traditionally reluctant to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, have supported a statement from the security council issued on Tuesday that condemned "the repression against peaceful demonstrators,'' and demanded an "immediate end to the violence".

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