Gadhafi's son creating Mideast human rights body

January 31, 2009 22:46


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The son of Libya's leader says he is putting together an alliance of nonprofit organizations from across the Arab world to tackle the issue of human rights and democracy in the Middle East. Seif al-Islam Gadhafi said in an interview with The Associated Press that almost 45 NGOs - both Muslim and Christian - have agreed to join The Alliance for Democracy and Human Rights in the Arab World. Every country in the Middle East has been accused of human rights violations, including Libya where Moammar Gadhafi has ruled since he seized power in a coup in 1969. The younger Gadhafi acknowledged the widespread violations, saying that was why he wanted to create the alliance.

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