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Libya/Human Rights Council

Published on February 28, 2011
Situation in Libya – Human Rights Council – Statement by Michèle Alliot-Marie, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, February 25, 2011

The Human Rights Council has just adopted by consensus a resolution on the situation in Libya. It calls for an end to the violence, decides to appoint an independent commission of inquiry, evokes the crimes against humanity taking place there and demands Libya’s suspension.

I thank all our partners who committed themselves and allowed us to achieve this result. The Council and its members did themselves credit by taking this decision.

Now we must go further, and the UN General Assembly must vote on an effective suspension.

I urge the President of the General Assembly to swiftly convene a session of the General Assembly to confirm this suspension, and I call on all our partners to vote it through.

This evening, I urge the Libyan authorities finally to heed the international community’s unambiguous message. As President Sarkozy has said, “repeated and systematic acts of violence against the Libyan people are unacceptable and will be the subject of investigations and sanctions”./.

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