UN official: World should act on Libya crackdown

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February 25, 2011 14:05

 
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GENEVA — The UN's top human rights official said Friday that reports of mass killings of thousands in Libya  should spur the international community to "step in vigorously" to end the crackdown against anti-government protesters in the North African country.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the UN Human Rights Council to use all means possible to establish an independent panel to investigate the alleged abuses by Libyan security forces and hold those responsible to account.

European nations were leading the effort to condemn the crackdown ordered by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, order a UN-led investigation into possible crimes against humanity and propose suspending Libya from the council.

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