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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.
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.
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
H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow (Thailand)
Vice President and Rapporteur
H.E. Madam Bente Angell-Hansen (Norway)
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
|Libyan Arab Jamahiriya *||2013|
|Republic of Korea||2011|
|Republic of Moldova||2013|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||2011|
|United States of America||2012|
* 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
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