UN Human Rights Council May Expel Libya, EU Imposing Sanctions on Gaddafi

Clashes are expected in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Zawiyah today, while many Western leaders are 'calling for Gaddafi to go,' reports Al Jazeera. Protesters currently control Zawiyah and are nearing Tripoli, but 2000 troops are reportedly surrounding the former city, and fear a similar fate for the latter. During a UN Human Rights Council meeting currently convening in Geneva, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and British foreign minister William Hague have both addressed the council with dismay and condemnation for violent actions against Libyan citizens. Hague warned, 'There will be a day of reckoning, and the reach of international justice can be long.' Secretary of State Clinton is expected to concur; yesterday, she told reporters the Adminstration wants him out ASAP. Meanwhile, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, is launching an investigation into potential crimes against humanity. If Libya is expelledfrom the Human Rights Council, it will be the first ever to have done so.

But Gaddafi most likely won't be going anywhere soon; the EU is blocking the defiant leader and 25 of his closet advisers from traveling there, along with freezing his assets and imposing an arms embargo. Catherine Ashton, the EU's diplomatic chief, told the UN Human Rights Council that the violence in Libya "shocks our conscience."

Gaddafi's palace was looted over the weekend; watch a glimpse into his underground bunker, which is equipped to survive a nuclear explosion for several months.

Read more at Al Jazeera's liveblog.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at February 28, 2011, 4:05am

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