The American Jewish Committee welcomed Friday the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution strongly condemning Libya.
The resolution calls for establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate the brutal, deadly crackdown on protesters across Libya, and to consider whether crimes against humanity were committed by Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi's regime.
“The UN Human Rights Council has vigorously asserted its role in defending human rights by at long last deploring the rogue regime of Muammar Gadhafi for its brazen violence,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “The Libyan regime’s flagrant human rights abuses deserve the fullest investigation and punishment by the world body.”
"“This is by no means the only action needed to bring down the Gadhafi regime, so Libyans can begin a new era, but the Human Rights Council has delivered a stern message of warning to Libya – and of hope to the protesters," Harris said.
Earlier this week the AJC called on the UN General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership from the Human Rights Council in light of the recent human rights violations in the country.
“The Gadhafi regime’s widespread use of brutal force against protesters makes a mockery of the UN Human Rights Council,” Harris said.
Al Jazeera reported Monday that the Libyan air force bombed protesters who were on their way to an army base, according to eyewitness testimony.
Clashes between protesters and security forces in Libya have escalated and spread after several days of violence threatening to topple Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule.
Muammar Gadhafi's son went on state television earlier to proclaim that his father remained in charge with the army's backing and would fight until "the last man, the last woman, the last bullet."
Libya was elected for a three-year term on the Council just under a year ago, with a majority of 155 of 192 members of the voting in favor of the African country's admission.
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