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Libya suspended from UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations General Assembly has suspended Libya’s membership of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.

Citing violence by Libyan forces against anti-government protesters, the 192 members of the assembly took the unanimous decision at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

The resolution to suspend Libya followed a recommendation by the UN Human Rights Council.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the decision to suspend Libya’s membership of the council, as he did the council’s decision to establish an inquiry to investigate human rights abuses in Libya.

“These actions send a strong and important message,” Ban said. “That there is not impunity, that those who commit crimes against humanity will be punished, that fundamental principles of justice and accountability shall prevail.”

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