Human Rights Council
Follow up to the
15th SPECIAL SESSION ON the Situation of Human Rights in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
14 March 2011
CIVICUS joins all speakers today in addressing deepest condolences to the Government of Japan and its people.
CIVICUS had welcomed the Special Session on Libya and the strong unanimous outcome document, but is now very concerned about the ongoing precarious situation of the people of Libya who had courageously stood up against the dictatorial ruthless regime or should I say government of Moammar Gadhafi.
We have welcomed the most rapid and coordinated response from the entire UN system, including from this Council and we are pleased that you, Mr. President have appointed on Friday eminent persons for the Inquiry Commission to investigate what has been referred to by Libyan UN officials as “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”. We have also listened with great interest and attention to the comprehensive update of the Deputy High Commissioner and thank her for all support initiated by the OHCHR for release of the suffering of people.
However, while the shooting and bombing of innocent civilians continues, we ask the Council to call once more on the UNGA and Security Council to immediately impose a no-fly zone over Libya, joining the Arab League and thus increase the international pressure on Mr Ghadhafi to step down to give this way a sign of support and hope to the People of Libya.
Thank you M…. President