Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The United Nations General Assembly today suspended Libya's membership in the UN Human Rights Council. The vote follows a request from the Council itself to suspend Libya, one of the 47 elected members. Of course, one has to wonder how Libya got elected to the Council in the first place.
This suspension from the Human Rights Council is the latest measure taken by the UN against Libya. The UN Security Council (and some of its individual members) already imposed sanctions on Mr. Qaddafi’s regime and asked the International Criminal Court to investigate Libya for possible crimes against humanity (even though Libya is not a party to the Rome Statute establishing the ICC).
Will this latest expulsion change Qaddafi's mind? No, because that delusional president ignores world opinion and the voices of his own people. But to have kept Libya as a member of the Human Rights Council is obviously untenable.