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      UN Human Rights Council at Work: Praise for Libya 4 Months Ago

      Less than four months before Qaddafi’s forces massacred protesters, UN Human Rights Council members praised him for promoting human rights.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 2/27/2011, 4:08 PM / Last Update: 2/27/2011, 4:12 PM

      It is hard to believe, but less than four months before Qaddafi’s forces massacred protesters, the United Nations Human Rights Council members praised him for promoting human rights.

      A video of the discussion, provided by Eye on the UN, documents the discussion.

      “Syria: The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya has a unique experience in democracy that has allowed for growth and development in promotion of human rights.

      “Palestinian Authority observer: We highly commend the national report. This proves the Jamahiriya’s keen interest in improving and promoting human rights.

      “Saudi Arabia: The interest shown by the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya...shows very clearly the important it attaches to human rights.”

      The Human Rights Council admitted Libya as a member last May, and on November 9, its members discussed a Universal Periodic Review that is to be adopted March 18.

      The Palestinian Authority and several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Syria – leaders on the American list of human rights violators – lauded the Libyan dictator for “democracy” and protection of human rights.

      The Council's previous censures of countries have focused solely on Israel.