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    Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    (AFP) – 41 minutes ago

    UNITED NATIONS — Libya was elected Thursday to the United Nations Human Rights Council, over the objections of numerous NGOs that said the country was unfit to serve on the rights body.

    A group of 37 human rights organizations had called on the UN's 192 members not to allow Libya a seat on the Geneva-based council, the UN's main body dealing with human rights.

    They described the regime of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi as "one of the world's most brutal and longest-running tyrannies."

    "Colonel Kadhafi belongs in jail, not on the world's highest human rights body," they added.

    But the appeal fell on deaf ears, and a General Assembly secret ballot produced 155 votes in favor of adding Libya to the council, significantly more than the 97 votes needed.

    Libya and 13 other nations ran unopposed for 14 of the council's seats in a ballot process in which regional groups for the first time each picked a number of candidate equal to the number of seats available to them.

    NGOs criticized the process as undemocratic.

    "Elections without competition don't make sense," the group of rights defenders said.

    The council has 47 member nations, each elected for three years, and a third of the body's seats are up for renewal each year.

    The seats are apportioned by region, with each bloc able to put forward candidates for the places available to it.

    The four seats available to African this vote went to Libya, Angola, Mauritania and Uganda.

    In the Asian group, Iran's withdrawal from contention -- which was welcomed by human rights groups -- left Malaysia, the Maldives, Qatar and Thailand contenders for the four available spots.

    Ecuador and Guatemala took two seats available to Latin America, while Spain and Switzerland took Western Europe's spots and Moldova and Poland earned the places set aside for Eastern Europe.

    The results were announced by the current president of the General Assembly, Libyan national Ali Triki.
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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    The UN has done nothing but secure their good name lately.

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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Maybe I'm confusing the purpose of this council.
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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Then again, Africa, like all other regional groupings, gets a set number of seats based on the number of Member States from the region. Given that there are very few African States with good human rights records, it is inevitable that Member States with less than stellar human rights records are going to get on this council. Add to the fact that the AU (which includes every African state except Morocco) pre-selected the African representatives and submitted them to the GA doesn't help matters. At least Zimbabwe didn't get on...
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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Should the United Nations not be all inclusive and allow equal opportunity for its member countries?

    It is not like Libya will get on the UN HRC and push an agenda very far. Does the BNP make much of a splash in the EU?
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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    The UN is a forum for tin pot dictators.
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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Should the United Nations not be all inclusive and allow equal opportunity for its member countries?

    It is not like Libya will get on the UN HRC and push an agenda very far. Does the BNP make much of a splash in the EU?
    No, it should NOT have equal access for all Member States. On issues like human rights, only Member States that truly represent their people and respect the rights of its people should have anything to do with a human rights committee. I don't subscribe to this idiotic idea that all states are equal. Only states who represent their people and put themselves up to the scrutiny of the people through free and fair elections get my respect.
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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Should the United Nations not be all inclusive and allow equal opportunity for its member countries?
    Not on a council which is supposed to aid human rights when the country in question has a horrible human rights record.

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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    I think this is a great choice!

    Libya will have Human Rights, well, any day now.

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    Re: Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Ferris View Post
    Not on a council which is supposed to aid human rights when the country in question has a horrible human rights record.
    What about the human right to torture one another?

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