UN rights council recommends suspending Libya, orders inquiry into abuses

The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the recent violence in Libya and ordered an international inquiry into alleged abuses, while also recommending that the country’s membership in the UN’s top human rights body be suspended.

Ban calls on Security Council to consider immediate steps to stop killings in Libya

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council to consider immediately concrete steps against Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s Government for its deadly repression of protesters, with options ranging from sanctions to assured punishment.

UN labour chief joins in condemning violent Libyan repression of protesters

The United Nations labour chief today added his voice to the chorus condemning Libya’s leaders for the deadly violence against mass protests, stressing that the North African country is a further example of the risks to those who fail to heed widespread unemployment and poverty.

UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Libya

The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today that it will hold a special session on Friday to discuss the situation in Libya, as calls continue to mount for an end to the use of force against protesters and a peaceful resolution of the crisis in the North African nation.

Ban strongly condemns Qadhafi’s actions against protesters, calls for punishment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s actions against protestors as possible crimes against humanity, calling for the punishment of those who “brutally shed” the blood of innocents.

Vital to keep borders open for people fleeing Libya, UN agency stresses

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the “positive indications” it has received from Tunisia and Egypt that they will keep their borders open for people fleeing violence in neighbouring Libya.

UN refugee agency requested to cease operations in Libya

The United Nations refugee agency reported today that Libyan authorities have asked it to cease its work in the country and close its offices there, but have given no reasons for the decision.

Annan ‘deeply concerned’ at Libyan death sentences for foreign health workers

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his deep concern at the death sentence imposed by a Libyan court on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for the alleged intentional transmission of HIV/AIDS to hundreds of children.

UN AIDS programme calls on Libya to review death sentences on foreign health workers

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has called on Libyan courts to review the death sentence imposed on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for the alleged intentional transmission of HIV to hundreds of children in light of evidence showing that the virus circulated before the health workers’ arrival.

UN voices concern over Libya’s treatment of potential refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the forcible return of potential refugees from Libya and called on the Government to grant it access to people who might be in need of international protection and ensure minimum standards of treatment for them.