UN Watch opposes UN report on Gaddafi human rights record

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 27, 2012 17:48

A United Nations monitoring NGO called on the US, EU, and UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Sunday to pressure the UN into canceling a planned resolution that would praise the human rights record of deposed Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The report - which is scheduled for review in March's Human Rights Council session - is the outcome of a 2010 session, before the eruption of mass protests and an armed rebellion pushed Gaddafi from his throne in October, 2011, after 41 years in power.

NGO UN Watch called on the UN to cancel its review of the report, with executive director Hillel Neuer saying the report only serves to "falsely praise Gaddafi's oppressive regime, insult his victims, and harm the reputation of the UN."

"The report completely contradicts the council's own commission of inquiry, which found evidence of Qaddafi war crimes," Neuer said. "The review should be entirely redone, and the council should set an example of accountability by acknowledging that its original review was deeply flawed."

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