Jewish Group Calls for Libya's Suspension from U.N. Rights Council

The American Jewish Committee calls on immediate suspension

Published: February 22nd 2011
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The American Jewish Committee has called on the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council.


“The Gadhafi regime’s widespread use of brutal force against protestors makes a mockery of the U.N. Human Rights Council,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris said in a statement released this week. “The world must not stand by while hundreds of people are being systematically killed, and many more brutalized and threatened as Gadhafi seeks to hold to the power he seized nearly 42 years ago.”


Last May Libya was elected to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council.


The AJC is requesting that the General Assembly comes together immediately to deal with the Libya matter in a special session.


The U.N. Security Council was set to convene Tuesday in New York to hold a consultation on the unrest in Libya.


The uprising in Libya has come at a time when Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi seemed willing to address some of the former Libyan Jewish community's grievances.


In an interview published Monday in The Jerusalem Post, Raphael Luzon, chairman of the Jewish Libyan Diaspora in Britain, said he had met twice with Gadhafi, who said he was willing to give a proper burial to Jews buried in common graves and to come to a settlement over Jewish money left in the country.


While approximately 25,000 Jews called Libya home in the 1930s, there are none living there today.

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