As the United Nations works feverishly to condemn Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi for cracking down on protesters, the body’s Human Rights Council is poised to adopt a report chock-full of praise for Libya’s human rights record.
The review commends Libya for improving educational opportunities, for making human rights a “priority” and for bettering its “constitutional” framework. Several countries, including Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia but also Canada, give Libya positive marks for the legal protections afforded to its citizens — who are now revolting against the regime and facing bloody reprisal.
The U.S. mission in Geneva said it would look into the status of the document in response to a question about whether any efforts are being made to cancel or postpone consideration of the report. But an agenda put out by the United Nations in January said the Human Rights Council, of which Libya has been a member since last year, will “consider and adopt” the document at its session, which is under way and continues to the end of March.
UN Watch, a watchdog group based in Geneva, called on the council Monday to withdraw the report and launch a new review that “would tell the truth about the (Qaddafi) regime’s heinous crimes.”
UN Watch Director Hillel Neuer told FoxNews.com the review, formally known as the Universal Periodic Review, is a “complete distortion” of Libya’s rights record.