-03 [int] [ed] @h = Libya suspended from UNHRC: UN sec gen

March 3, 2011 - 0:0

The United Nations General Assembly has suspended Libya's membership in the UN Human Rights Council, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday.

Ban made the remarks in an address to the UN General Assembly in New York.
The UN secretary general also urged the UN General Assembly to act decisively in response to the suppression of popular protests against the authoritarian regime of Muammar Gaddafi and stated that all the violence in the country must be halted immediately.
Ban said that “the international community should remain united” on the crisis in Libya and warned that “thousands of lives are at stake.”
“It is up to us, the community of nations, to stand against the crime of a regime that has lost legitimacy and declared war on its own people,"" he added.
It might be necessary to impose more UN sanctions on Libya and “those who commit crimes against humanity should be punished,” the UN chief added.
The UN Security Council has already imposed an arms embargo on Libya as well as a travel ban on government officials in an effort to pressure Gaddafi to stop the crackdown on the opposition.
However, the call to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, proposed by the Security Council in order to stop the airstrikes on supporters of the opposition, has exposed deep divisions among the members of the UN.
(Source: Press TV)