Europeans, Arabs, slam rights abuses in Libya
European and Arab states Friday slammed Libya for committing grave human rights violations in its effort to repress opposition protests and political unrest, dpa reported.
Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, diplomats from Hungary, Britain, France and other nations said an international fact-finding mission should be deployed to Libya.
Saudi Arabia condemned attacks on innocent civilians and called on the Libyan authorities to end all acts of violence. Qatar also slammed "grave violation of human rights" and joined the call for a fact-finding mission.
"The Libyan government has behaved in a manner totally incompatible with its international human right obligations," said British Ambassador Peter Gooderham.
Jean-Baptiste Mattei of France called for the UN General Assembly to discuss ousting Libya from the 47-member council owing to the human rights violations.
"We cannot allow grave violations of human rights to continue and we must not fail victims and their families," said Jordanian Ambassador Shehab Madi, urging that there be accountability for the abuses.