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Post  Smelly_bandit on Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:07 pm

GENEVA, March 14, 2012 – A U.N. report
ridiculed worldwide for lavishing praise on the Qaddafi regime’s human
rights record was unanimously adopted today by the 47-nation UN Human
Rights Council, with president Laura Dupuy Lasserre overruling the
objection made in the plenary by UN Watch. (Click here for video; see text below.)

After it was first exposed by UN Watch last year, the report card giving high marks to Qaddafi was mocked by the New York Times, The Economist and other major media worldwide, causing a red-faced UN to postpone the report’s adoption repeatedly — until today.

Said the Times:

<blockquote> “Until
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s violent suppression of unrest in recent
weeks, the United Nations Human Rights Council was kind in its judgment
of Libya. In January, it produced a draft report on the country that
reads like an international roll call of fulsome praise, when not
delicately suggesting improvements. Evidently, within the 47-nation
council, some pots are loath to call kettles black, at least until
events force their hand. Last week Libya was suspended from the body,
and the report was shelved.”

Even ardent defenders of the council have recently slammed the report. After UN Watch’s recent protest,
Suzanne Nossel, the new head of Amnesty USA, and previously the Obama
Administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International
Organizations, where she was responsible for U.S. engagement at the
U.N. Human Rights Council, described the council’s report as “abhorrent” and called for a complete “redo.”

The report does contain some
critical recommendations of Libya made by the US and about ten other
democracies. But the vast majority of the report documents praise for
the regime.

Thank you, Madam President.

In the 16th session last year we
outlined our grave concerns with this report, which records this
council’s 2010 review of Libya’s human rights record under the rule of
Col. Moammar Qaddafi.

We recall that the report before us includes the following:

  • “Pakistan praised the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’s commitment to human rights.”
  • “Algeria noted the efforts of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to promote human rights.”
  • “The Islamic Republic of Iran noted that the Libyan Arab
    Jamahiriya had implemented a number of international human rights
    instruments and had cooperated with relevant treaty bodies.”

  • “Qatar praised the legal framework for the protection of human rights and freedoms.”
  • “Sudan noted the country’s positive experience in achieving
    a high school enrolment rate and improvements in the education of

  • “The Syrian Arab Republic praised the Libyan Arab
    Jamahiriya for its serious commitment to and interaction with the Human
    Rights Council and its mechanisms. It commended the country for its
    democratic regime.”

  • “North Korea praised the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for its achievements in the protection of human rights.”
  • “Palestine commended the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for the
    consultations held with civil society in the preparation of the national
    report, which demonstrated its commitment to the improved enjoyment of
    human rights. Palestine praised the country for the Great Green
    Document on Human Rights.”

  • “Brazil noted the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’s economic and social progress.”

Madam President,

As delegates here know, for years UN Watch brought victims of Libyan
torture to testify before this council, including Bulgarian nurse
Kristyana Valchyeva, Ashraf al-Hajouj and the brother of Fathi
Eljahmi. Libyan delegates rudely interrupted them, and called them

In May 2010, we pleaded for Libya not to be elected to this
council. Tragically, our voice was ignored; it was elected in great
numbers. Not a single country spoke in opposition.

Madam President,

The 2010 review that is before us today does not live up to basic standards. It should be completely redone.

For the victims, is that too much to ask? Thank you, Madam President.

Council President Laura Dupuy Lasserre (Uruguay)
Overrules UN Watch’s Objection

(Video here at 44:42)

Thank you. Allow me simply to point out that changes of government
are normal, and the responsibilities of states continue, and what is
important is the commitment undertaken by governments and the
implementation thereof. […]

I propose that the council adopt
the decision on the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Libya,
as you currently see it on the screen.

I see no objection to approving this decision, therefore it is hereby adopted. Thank you very much.

We have concluded this segment of the UPR for today. Thank you very much

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