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Libya Elected to Chair U.N. Human Rights Body
Reuters ^ | Mon, Jan 20, 2003 | Richard Waddington

Posted on 01/20/2003 4:28:36 AM PST by sf4dubya

Libya Elected to Chair U.N. Human Rights Body 17 minutes ago

By Richard Waddington

GENEVA (Reuters) - Libya, under fire for years from human rights activists, was overwhelmingly elected Monday to chair the top United Nations (news - web sites)' rights body after the United States broke with tradition and forced a vote.

The North African country ruled by President Muammar Gaddafi (news - web sites) will preside at the March 17-April 25 session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission which meets annually to survey the rights situation around the world.

For the first time since the Commission was founded in 1947, the decision went to a vote after Washington said it could not "reward Libya's terrible conduct" and demanded a ballot.

Libya, which is still not fully free of U.N. sanctions imposed for its alleged role in the Lockerbie airliner bombing (news - web sites), had been nominated by African countries whose turn it was by U.N. tradition to make the choice.

The Libyan candidate, diplomat and former journalist Mrs. Najat al-Hajjaji, won 33 votes in a secret ballot of the 53-country Commission, with 17 states abstaining and three voting no -- apparently including the United States.

No country-by-country breakdown was immediately available, but the abstentions were believed to include European countries and some from Latin America.

The U.S. decision to force a vote was denounced as "a political challenge" by South Africa, which proposed al-Hajjaji on behalf of all African countries on the commission.

VIOLATED

South Africa's envoy Sipho George Nene said the United States move had violated a practice which had helped maintain cooperation on the commission and expressed the hope it would be the last time a proposed chairman was challenged.

"The right of regional groups to present candidates of their choice must be respected," he declared.

Nene later declined to challenge on behalf of the Commission's African group the nomination by Canada for the Western group of Australian envoy Mike Smith as one of the three vice-chairs to al-Hajjaj.

Her other two deputies -- also elected unopposed -- were envoys from Sri Lanka and Peru, representing the Asian and Latin American groups.

In a speech after her election, the Libyan diplomat -- who had been a vice-chair herself in 2001 -- said she and her colleagues "will do everything in her power to carry out the tasks entrusted to us." She said she as chariwoman she would avoid taking decisions on a personal basis "as far as possible" and would rely on the Commission's "collective wisdom."

She would be guided, she said, by the words of an early Islamic leader who told his followers that he had been chosen as their guide "but I am not the best among you....if I make mistakes, please help me to correct them."


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hypocrasy; ironyofironies; libya; un
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To: sf4dubya
>Libya Elected to Chair U.N. Human Rights Body

Afghanistan, we
attacked. Iraq, we're getting
ready to attack.

I'd rather we put
one smart bomb into every
United Nations'

building all over
the world. Let's turn those
places into parks...

21 posted on 01/20/2003 8:00:38 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Mr. Mojo
"Who's next?....... Sudan? Zimbabwe? Iraq? No. Korea? Iran?"

Wasn't Sudan picked to head the Human Rights Council in 2000...the same year the UN summarily kicked the United States, which STARTED the Human Rights Council, OFF of it?

22 posted on 01/20/2003 8:12:09 AM PST by cake_crumb (What would we do without FR? Don't wait to find out. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: sf4dubya
Libya, which is still not fully free of U.N. sanctions imposed for its alleged role in the Lockerbie airliner bombing

Generally, a news organization will drop the “allegedly” after there is a conviction (which there was) and the perpetrator even agrees to compensate the victim’s families (which Libya has.)

Of course, if the news organization has an anti-American agenda, they might just keep the “allegedly” hanging around in case their readers are typically a little short on the facts.

23 posted on 01/20/2003 8:18:02 AM PST by dead (i'll bet it can't)
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To: sf4dubya
Ya'know boys, I'm beginning to wonder if USA really does have proof of Saddam's WMD.

The truth is Saddam's got 'em, but the truth also is that Saddam is move clever than both Bushes, and any other American politician.

The truth sounds pessimestic, but I'm saying it...we're doomed.

24 posted on 01/20/2003 8:21:58 AM PST by joyful1
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To: joyful1
Lighten up, grab a beer and frozen Omaha steak...and watch Iraq crumble.
25 posted on 01/20/2003 8:37:26 AM PST by rbmillerjr
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To: sf4dubya
South Africa's envoy Sipho George Nene said the United States move had violated a practice which had helped maintain cooperation on the commission and expressed the hope it would be the last time a proposed chairman was challenged. "The right of regional groups to present candidates of their choice must be respected," he declared.

The new rulers of South Africa, with their long-standing Communist connections, would feel a great deal of affinity for Qadafi.

No one should should be surprised that Africa, and the UN, are wastelands.

27 posted on 01/20/2003 8:56:09 AM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: Textide
It is from the Onionated Nations.

A parody of what an intenational body should be.
28 posted on 01/20/2003 9:29:29 AM PST by WOSG
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To: nightdriver
Zero money should go to any nation that supported Libya on this commission.

South Africa's support of this is abominable.
As is their adiing and abetting of the dictator Mugabe.
29 posted on 01/20/2003 9:32:32 AM PST by WOSG
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To: WOSG
We give the UN way too much press. The local barbershop debate is more substantive and just about as meaningful.
30 posted on 01/20/2003 9:33:28 AM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: sf4dubya
Libya in charge of human rights? Hmmm...I think I'll name myself in charge of booze and hookers. Yeah, that's the ticket.
31 posted on 01/20/2003 9:39:25 AM PST by Veggie Todd
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To: sf4dubya
At least, the boys and girls at the U.N. still have a sense of humor and an appreciation of irony.

Next, they plan on awarding a posthumous award for humanitarianism to Joeseph Stalin.
32 posted on 01/20/2003 9:49:35 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: sf4dubya
It's absolutely fitting that Libya should chair the U.N.'s Human Rights Commission.

Naysayers should be ashamed of themselves.

Who better represents the spirit of that august body?

Well, okay, Cuba, perhaps.
33 posted on 01/20/2003 9:50:04 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: sam_paine
Sam posted:Heehee. I hope W includes this episode in his 2009 summary book of his two term presidency about how he allowed the UN to dismantle itsself. A guy can dream.

GW is too modest to do this. However, someone like Condi Rice or Powell might just write this book. I think that he is doing the same thing to the Euro Trash's NATO.

34 posted on 01/20/2003 10:29:10 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Free Republic, the site supported by those who don't believe in free lunches! Are you a donor?)
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To: sf4dubya
Libya Elected to Chair U.N. Human Rights Body 17 minutes ago

I'm beginning to think the whole world is incompetent.
50% of the U.N. members are totally insane. The other 50% are clinically certifiable.
I want another planet to colonize. This one has an incurable anti-think virus.

35 posted on 01/20/2003 10:31:02 AM PST by concerned about politics (Achievement is politically incorrect.)
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To: sf4dubya
Libya? You gotta be f'ing kidding me.
36 posted on 01/20/2003 10:42:43 AM PST by Dan from Michigan (Yippee Kai Aye......)
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To: WOSG
"As is their adiing and abetting of the dictator Mugabe."

Propping up dictators is all the UN is good for anymore.

37 posted on 01/20/2003 10:45:19 AM PST by cake_crumb (What would we do without FR? Don't wait to find out. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: sf4dubya
"Libya Elected to Chair U.N. Human Rights Body"

What's next?

ARAFAT TO HEAD B'NAI BRITH?

you gotta be kidding me...
38 posted on 01/20/2003 10:57:04 AM PST by Keith
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To: Joe Boucher
This is ludicrous! The UN is now another arm of the socialist movement. Dump it in the East River.
39 posted on 01/20/2003 11:10:13 AM PST by Domestic Church
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To: cake_crumb
"U.N. doctrine = Third Way socialism "

Exactly...they have become the enemy.
40 posted on 01/20/2003 11:12:24 AM PST by Domestic Church
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