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by Marielena Montesino de Stuart

The skies over the Maghreb region of northern Africa should be quiet and clear–at least over Libya.  This may still not make any difference  to those being massacred on the ground by Ghadafi”s military forces– since this involves, after all, a resolution by the United Nations– where despots are welcomed as leaders, and are allowed to police other despots.

The United Nations Security Council took the necessary steps yesterday to obtain the approval of a resolution, which authorizes international action for a no-fly zone over Libya.  The U.N. considered it a step towards protecting civilians from further slaughter by Muammar Gadhafi’s forces.

Tunisia-Libya Border

We’ll see what happens.

The resolution was introduced by Lebanon– and drafted by France and Great Britain.  It passed 10-0, with five abstentions: China, Russia, Brazil, Germany and India.  The United States dragged its feet, and finally added  its sponsorship before the vote.

Susan Rice, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations said,  “Today, the Security Council has responded to the Libyan people’s cry for help.”   Rice added,  “This council’s purpose is clear: to protect innocent civilians.”

But words do not mean very much, when they come from representatives at the United Nations.

Ambassador Rice recently missed a high level United Nations  meeting involving the Middle East crisis.  Instead she chose to attend a U.N. panel discussion on “global sustainability”   in South Africa.  This is consistent with the current priorities of President Obama’s administration.

Rice also remained silent when Libya was elected to the UN Human Rights Council, in May 2010.

On March 1, 2011, during a brief interlude of sanity, the United Nations General Assembly finally suspended Libya’s membership on the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Until March 1, 2011 this man, Muammar Gadhafi, had “exercised authority” on human rights issues at the United Nations Human Rights Council

Yes, the United Nations actually had Gadhafi’s Libya in the Human Rights Council!  It also has a representative from Castro’s Cuba as a vice president, right along with Angola–whose infrastructure has been rebuilt by communist China’s Eximbank.

Of course, China is another member of the United Nations Human Rights Council– in spite of its communist government policies for the mass  extermination of human beings.

The list goes on.

Oh… but now the United Nations has apparently seen the light.  At least as far as Libya is concerned.  So,  Ambassador Rice, issued the following statement:

“We had, just, [sic] a historic session of the General Assembly when all members unanimously agreed to the suspension of Libya’s membership from the Human Rights Council. This is the first time that either the Human Rights Council or its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission, have suspended any member state for gross violations of human rights. And we think this is an important step forward in enhancing the credibility of the Human Rights Council  whose credibility on these issues has often, quite legitimately, been called into question.”

I’LL  SAY!  Look at the criminals that are included as leaders and members.

Ambassador Rice added, “Today, the General Assembly exercised its authority to suspend a member state for gross violations of human rights. In our view, this is progress, as was last Friday’s special session in Geneva for the Human Rights Council, and we hope its progress will be sustained.”

HERE IS THE LIST OF MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, INCLUDING ALL THE CRIMINALS THAT BELONG TO IT–  WHO ARE “EXERCISING THEIR AUTHORITY”:

Membership of the Human Rights Council

Officers of the Human Rights Council

President
H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow (Thailand)

Vice President and Rapporteur
H.E. Madam Bente Angell-Hansen (Norway)

Vice Presidents
H.E. Mr. Arcanjo Maria Do Nascimento (Angola)
H.E. Mr. Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez (Cuba)
H.E. Mr. Fedor Rosocha (Slovakia)

Membership of the Human Rights Council 19 June 2010-18 June 2011

Angola 2013
Argentina 2011
Bahrain 2011
Bangladesh 2012
Belgium 2012
Brazil 2011
Burkina Faso 2011
Cameroon 2012
Chile 2011
China 2012
Cuba 2012
Djibouti 2012
Ecuador 2013
France 2011
Gabon 2011
Ghana 2011
Guatemala 2013
Hungary 2012
Japan 2011
Jordan 2012
Kyrgyzstan 2012
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya * 2013
Malaysia 2013
Maldives 2013
Mauritania 2013
Mauritius 2012
Mexico 2012
Nigeria 2012
Norway 2012
Pakistan 2011
Poland 2013
Qatar 2013
Republic of Korea 2011
Republic of Moldova 2013
Russian Federation 2012
Saudi Arabia 2012
Senegal 2012
Slovakia 2011
Spain 2013
Switzerland 2013
Thailand 2013
Uganda 2013
Ukraine 2011
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2011
United States of America 2012
Uruguay 2012
Zambia 2011

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* Suspended by General Assembly Resolution A/65/265 adopted on 1 March 2011.

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:  Libya,  No-Fly Zone Over Libya, The Maghreb, United Nations Human Rights Council,United Nations Security Council

Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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