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Libya - Human Rights Council - Communiqué of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, 24 February 2011 Retour à la table des matières

On the initiative of France and numerous partners from all continents, the United Nations Human Rights Council will meet tomorrow to discuss Libya.

A resolution under negotiation strongly condemns the massive and unacceptable violence currently being perpetrated in this country. It holds the Libyan authorities accountable. This violence could constitute crimes against humanity.

At the request of Michèle Alliot-Marie, and in agreement with several of France’s partners, this draft resolution demands that Libya be suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

We urge all of our Human Rights Council partners to vote in favor of this resolution.

All courses of action must be examined, including referral to the international courts.

The Ministre d’Etat spoke at length about the situation in Libya with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota during her visit to Brazil, the country which holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council this month.

This afternoon, Michèle Alliot-Marie will have a telephone conversation about Libya with the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

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