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A UN First! Both Israel and Palestine Co-Sponsor Resolution Condemning Libya Violence

Leave it to Muammar Qaddafi to bring together the Israelis and Palestinians at the United Nations.

I have just obtained the copy of a draft resolution from the Human Rights Council that strongly condemns the violence in Libya.  The resolution is as strongly worded as they come. But what is more significant than the substance of the resolution is the broad support that it has attracted by a diverse set of members.

Check this out:

You’ll also note that Qatar and Tunisia co-signed.

As it happens, Libya is on the Human Rights Council right now. But given the broad support for this resolution, I can’t imagine that they will last much longer. (A two-thirds vote of the General Assembly is required to boot a member from the Human Rights Council.)

Very interesting times. And a situation like this demonstrates the value of the Human Rights Council–it can be used to show the cruel Libyan regime just how united the world is against it.

We’ve joined many concerned members of the Human Rights Council in supporting this session,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Suzanne Nossel tells me over email, “It is significant that the international community will speak with one voice in condemning the violence.”


  • Jlq3d3

    Value of the Human Rights Council? The fact that Libya is on it in the first place shows what a joke it is.

    • Rickcain2320

      I think Ghadaffi just got them kicked off it.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, which leaves such staunch defenders of human rights as Uganda, Bahrain, Cameroon, China, and Nigeria on the council. Woo-hoo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EEPWBDLNZAF37DB6O7PFSSZ5PA f f

    see? Israel and Palestine finally agree… was that so hard? everybody is still alive…. now go and share the land you both live in.

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