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UN Human Rights Council Resolution 1970: Situation of Human Rights in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

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New York City
February 25, 2011


Human Rights Council
Fifteenth special session
25 February 2011

Australia*, Austria*, Belgium, Bulgaria*, Cyprus*, Czech Republic*, Denmark*, Estonia*, Finland*, France, Germany*, Greece*, Hungary, Ireland*, Israel*, Italy*, Latvia*, Lithuania*, Luxembourg*, Malta*, Netherlands*, Palestine*, Poland, Portugal*, Romania*, Slovakia, Slovenia*, Spain, Sweden*, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland : draft resolution

 S-15/… Situation of human rights in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

 The Human Rights Council,

 Reaffirming the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and relevant international human rights instruments,

 Recalling General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006,

 Recalling further Council resolution 5/1 and 5/2 of 18 June 2007,

 Reaffirming that all States have an obligation to protect the rights to life, liberty and security of the person;

 Welcoming the statement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of 22 February 2011 calling for international investigation into Libyan violence and justice for victims;

 Also welcoming the statement of the Organisation of Islamic Conference Secretary General of 20 February 2011;

 1. Strongly condemns the recent extremely grave human rights violations committed in Libya, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, detention and torture of peaceful demonstrators, which if wide-spread and systematic, may amount to crimes against humanity;

 2. Strongly calls upon the Libyan authorities to immediately put an end to all human rights violations, to stop any violations against civilians, and to fully respect all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and freedom of assembly;

 3. Strongly calls for the immediate release of all arbitrarily detained persons;

 4. Urges Libyan authorities to ensure the safety of all civilians, including citizens of third countries, to refrain from any reprisals against people who have taken part in the demonstrations, and to facilitate the departure of those foreign nationals wishing to leave the country;

 5. Also urges Libyan authorities to immediately cease the blocking of public access to the internet and mobile phone networks and cease intimidation, persecution and arbitrary arrests of individuals including lawyers, human rights defenders and journalists;

 6. Further urges Libyan authorities to do their utmost efforts to prevent further deterioration of the crisis and to promote a peaceful solution ensuring safety for all civilians and stability for the country;

 7. Urgently calls for an open, inclusive, meaningful and national dialogue aimed at political reform and promotion and protection of human rights;

 8. Strongly calls upon the Libyan authorities to cooperate fully with Special Procedures of the Council and guarantee access to human rights and humanitarian organisations including human rights monitors;

 9. Decides to establish an independent, impartial and credible United Nations led international investigation into the human rights violations in Libya to ensure that there is full accountability for those responsible for violations;

 10. Requests the High Commissioner to submit an interim report to the Council at its sixteenth session under agenda item 4 on the human rights situation in Libya, and to submit a follow-up report to the seventeenth session.

 *Non-Member State of the Human Rights Council.

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