UN restores Libya membership in human rights panel

November 18, 2011 21:07


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UNITED NATIONS - The UN General Assembly on Friday restored Libya's membership in the UN Human Rights Council, ending a suspension the United Nations imposed on Tripoli as civil war broke out there.

Libyan Deputy UN Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi introduced a resolution to the 193-nation assembly that had U.N. member states "welcoming the commitments made by Libya to uphold its obligations under international human rights law, to promote and protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law."

The resolution passed, but not unanimously as Dabbashi had requested. It received 123 votes in favor and four against. There were six abstentions and dozens of countries did not participate in the vote.

The General Assembly suspended Libya's membership in the 47-nation rights council on March 1 after that body, the principal UN rights forum, accused Libya's rulers at that time of "gross and systematic violations of human rights" in their crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

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