Esteemed representatives and heads of delegations His Excellency
Secretary General of the United Nations
The United Nations General Assembly will be meeting on the 13th of May in order to elect the new members of the UN's Human Rights Council. We feel that it is a shame and deep disappointment to have the regime of Libya being represented in the list of potential members of this council. The UN resolution #251/60 which founded this Human Rights council describes its role as being "responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner; and should address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations".
It goes without saying that in order for the council's members to promote such principals; they must observe them and be obeyed by them in their respective countries.
The Qaddafi regime has committed egregious human rights violations against Libyan citizens, which have included torture, arbitrary arrests, prolonged imprisonment, collective punishment, and extrajudicial killings. His terroristic practices are not limited to inside the Libya borders. Abroad, Qaddafi used Libya’s wealth to finance terrorist attacks against innocent civilians. All of these facts represent clear evidence that this regime cannot be expected to uphold the UN Human Rights Council by-laws and charter.
In addition, the Qaddafi regime's domestic policies which violate various covenants espoused by the United Nations including the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the conventions on the prevention of collective punishment and crimes against humanity, cannot be ignored and overlooked while considering the representation of nations in this council.
Your organization must be well aware of Qaddafi’s direct involvement in one of the most prominent of Qaddafi’s crimes which was committed against 1200 political prisoners in June of 1996, who were summarily executed in response to Qaddafi’s direct orders.
This atrocious crime was carried out 14 years ago, yet it remains as the worst crime carried out against the people of Libya. This crime is not merely a violation of the victim's human rights; it continues to be a tragic crime and violation of the rights of the victim’s families. Until this day, the Qaddafi regime continues to cover up this crime and ignores the calls to investigate the tragedy. With these blatant violations and disregard for the human rights principals of your council, it is difficult to understand how such a regime can be considered for such a role?
Likewise, it will be difficult to expect a council that has such a regime as its member to uphold and obeyed by the council’s charter & principals.
We in the NFSL calls upon the member nations of your respected council to not grant such a regime a vote, and to do all that is in its power to prevent this regime from becoming a member in its Human Rights Council.
The National Front for the Salvation of Libya
May 5, 2010