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Libya heads UN Commission on Human Rights

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Coriolis, Jan 20, 2003.

  1. Coriolis

    Coriolis Bob's your uncle

    You might recall in late August/early September, the news was abuzz (for a brief moment) that Africa, as it was their turn to select the country to chair the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), selected, of all countires, <A HREF="http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=\Politics\archive\200208\POL20020826c.html">Libya</A>. The Human Rights Watch was <A HREF="http://www.hrw.org/press/2002/08/libya082002.htm">agast</A>, stating
    Well, it is now official: Libya will head the UNCHR, as issued in a <A HREF="http://193.194.138.190/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/CED065131C9D5BF3C1256CB40049112A?opendocument"> press release today</A>. Najat al-Hajjaji took the chair by overwhelming majority, despite U.S. request for a vote (which is unusal since the chair is usually elected by acclamation). The U.S., however, did <A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2003/01/10/1041990096516.htm">more than push for a vote</A>:
    For their efforts, the answer received today was: 33 countries voting in favor (of Najat al-Hajjaji), 3 opposed, and 17 abstentions, making up the 53 countries who get a vote, by secret ballot.

    On the surface, Najat al-Hajjaji sounds like a good egg.
    But how will this bode for Human Rights protections around the world? Can Libya, being a ME insider, make a turn for the best and lead by example? According to Gaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi:
    Or does this logic seem as flawed as it sounds?

    Your thoughts and analysis are appreciated.

    (I wrote this in a hurry before leaving work today, so forgive any spelling/grammer errors and dead links -- I'll gladly fix the latter tonight if needed)
     

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