Qaddaffi's Rep. is UN Council's "Expert on Mercenaries"

UN Watch Press Release
Latest from the United Nations March 7, 2011
Exposed: Qaddafi rep is UN council’s “expert on mercenaries”
UNW Exposed Her Hypocrisy at Durban II

GENEVA, March 7 - With the Libyan regime deploying hired guns to massacre its own people, the UN Human Rights Council was urged today to fire Najat Al-Hajjaji, a long-time mouthpiece of Col. Muammar Qaddafi, from her post as a council investigator on human rights violations by mercenaries.

“Every day she stays with the UN Human Rights Council is an insult to the victims of Qaddafi’s murderous regime,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group that initiated the successful campaign to suspend Libya as a member of the 47-nation council.

“At a time when Qaddafi is using mercenaries to kill his own people, it is outrageous that one of his long-time representatives would sit on the world’s highest human rights body as a supposed defender of human rights -- and, of all things, as a defender of victims of mercenaries,” said Neuer.

Since 2005, Ms. Al-Hajjaji has served on the council’s 5-person “Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights.” Click here for UN website, listing Al-Hajjaji at bottom.

"For more than a decade, Al-Hajjaji whitewashed the crimes of the Qaddafi regime as its representative to UN human rights bodies in Geneva," said Neuer. In 2003, human rights groups universally condemned her election as Chair of the now-defunct UN Commission on Human Rights. Al-Hajjaji's tenure was widely seen as the last straw in the decline of the commission's credibility, with Kofi Annan saying soon afterward that member states had joined to shield their records of abuse and that it should be scrapped.

In April 2009, when Al-Hajjaji chaired the planning committee of the UN's World Conference on Racism, known as Durban II, she silenced testimony by a victim of the Qaddafi regime, who was tortured together with five Bulgarian nurses under trumped-up charges of infecting Benghazi children with HIV. Click here for video and transcript.

In letters sent today to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, UN rights commissioner Navi Pillay, and UNHRC president Sihasak Phuangketkeow, UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer demanded that the officials take immediate action to expel Al-Hajjaji from the Human Rights Council. Neuer also urged action in letters sent to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU foreign minister Catherine Ashton.

The council, which is now in session, has the power to trigger an urgent debate and immediately adopt a resolution removing Al-Hajjaji from her post.

Under their council mandate, Al-Hajjaji and the other monitors are tasked with “facing current and emergent threats posed by mercenaries or mercenary-related activities,” and to monitor their “impact on human rights, particularly on the right of peoples to self-determination.”


Chronology: UN Watch vs. Qaddafi at the U.N. Human Rights Council

Nine months after electing the Qaddafi regime to its Human Rights Council, the U.N. last week reversed itself and suspended Libya's membership. Click here for details

When Libya declared its candidacy last year, UN Watch initiated the opposition to Qaddafi sitting as a world judge of human rights. Click here for UN Watch's tireless campaign.

In September, when the regime first took its seat, UN Watch launched the campaign for Libya’s suspension from the Geneva-based Council, becoming the first voice to do so. We were supported by 27 human rights groups, a number that surpassed 80 in our renewed NGO appeal last week.
For more on UN Watch's action for human rights in Libya, click here

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