Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

U.N. Body Selects a Libyan Over U.S., Human Rights Pleas

Written by Rev. HA. Bergsma
Despite opposition from U.S. officials and leading human rights groups, a Libyan was elected to lead the top United Nations human rights body on Monday, January 20, 2003. In a secret ballot conducted by the 53-nation U.N. Human Rights Commission, Libyan candidate Najat Al-Hajjaji won 33 votes versus 3 against and 17 abstentions. Libya, one of six countries on the U.S. State Department's list of terror-sponsoring nations, will now lead the annual U.N. Human Rights Commission session beginning in March. U.S. Ambassador Kevin E. Moley, America's envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, expressed dismay at the Commission's decision. "The United States is deeply disappointed that the members of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights have elected Libya, a known human rights abuser and a country under U.N. sanctions," Moley said. "A country with this record does not merit a leadership role in the U.N. systemÉ We are convinced that the best way for the commission to ensure the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...is to have a membership comprised of countries with strong human rights records at home." Libya is the fiefdom of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, patron of terrorists, and the man responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland that took nearly 300 lives. The idea of Libya acting as the international watchdog over human rights is laughable. There are no human rights in Libya. Cross the colonel and you disappear. Gadhafi's Libya is among the worst violators of human rights. For the U.N. to place such a vile state at the head of its commission on human rights is a sick joke.

As Congressman Henry Hyde, chairman of the U.S. House International Relations Committee, has said, ÒIf the U.N. proceeds to install Libya at the head of its human rights commission then that body will cease to possess even a shred of credibility.Ó (From Crosswalk)

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