Greater international pressure on Libya


by Rumbold
28th February, 2011 at 1:43 pm    

There has been some welcome developments in the last few days, with Libya increasingly isolated on the international stage:

The UN’s top human rights official has called on the world to back the popular revolts shaking the Middle East. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said: “The international community bears the great responsibility of extending its support in words and deeds.”…

UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, about to decide on an unprecedented suspension of Libya from the Human Rights Council next week, encouraged all “human rights defenders who frequently act in great danger.”

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  1. damon — on 28th February, 2011 at 2:25 pm  

    With all the non-national workers pouring out of Libya, the country is going to be paralised for some time. Who knows what will spring up in its place?
    Is there any reason that Libya should be so different to Algeria next door? It probably is different, I just don’t know why in Algeria particularly, the civil war was so bloody.

    I don’t see that much real change coming about in the region. When things settle down, they will have new leaderships, and the rich will still be rich, the poor will still be poor, and the police will still be the police. Poor foreign workers will still be exploited. Who is worried about the welfare of Bangladeshi workers on the Tunisian border right now? No one.

  2. joanne — on 1st March, 2011 at 3:45 am  

    I am quite concerneed that the revolution in Libya might be used as a pretext for invasion.

  3. Kismet Hardy — on 1st March, 2011 at 11:23 am  
  4. Refresh — on 1st March, 2011 at 11:33 am  

    ‘I am quite concerneed that the revolution in Libya might be used as a pretext for invasion.’

    Absolutely, we should be concerned. I think the 45min WMD arguments are already being marshalled.

    This is their own internal fight, I do not trust the humanitarian rehearsals going on.

    A Grand Opportunity to stop the whole movement in its tracks and still pretend to come out smelling of roses.

    Its not that they never learn, they just never give up.

  5. damon — on 1st March, 2011 at 12:27 pm  

    I got seven out of ten in the Charlie Sheen/Gaddafi challenge.

    There’s no way that western countries are going to invade Libya.

    I saw that the police are back to cracking down on protesters in Tunis yesterday. I’ll be interested to see how meaningful change comes about in these countries. My guess is that if you go back to Tunisia in five years time, it will look pretty much the same.

    Btw, I was very impressed by a young woman called Gigi Ibrahim from Cairo, who appeared on Newsnight a couple of times, before and after Mubarak’s ousting.
    Of course, she comes from a very privileged part of the society.
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh38ppAy9d1qdtt31o1_400.jpg

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