HRC 19/39 - Libya amendment on migrants rights

Amendment 3 to the resolution "Assistance for Libya in the field of human rights"

adopted 23 March 2012

Following the presentation of the final report of the Commission of Inquiry on Libya to the Human Rights Council, a resolution was adopted focused on assisting Libya in the human rights field. The resolution failed to follow up on a majority of recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry. An amendment to the resolution was tabled by Uganda expressing "deep concern about the deliberate killing and ill-treatment of persons of sub-Saharan origin" and encouraging the Transitional Government of Libya to investigate "human rights violations, including of members of ethnic minorities and migrants" in order to bring those responsible before Libyan justice. As noted by Uganda the amendment aimed at sending a clear message that such violations must stop. The amendment which addressed real violations affecting migrants in Libya was regrettably rejected by a majority of Member States – who came under strong criticism from NGOs.

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