Monday, February 28, 2011

Hillary Clinton speaks to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Geneva to speak with the U.N. Human Rights Council on the situation with Libya. While there the Secretary of State will focus on different options available to the United Nations and other countries in sanctioning Mr. Kadafi. So far the 27 countries represented in Geneva have agreed on an arms embargo, asset freeze and visa ban. 


From Reuters:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will try to rally support against Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi on Monday at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, a group Washington once dismissed as toothless.Clinton's one-day trip will allow her to consult European and other foreign ministers as the United States examines options including sanctions and a "no-fly" zone to try to stop Kadafi's violent suppression of anti-government protests. "She is going to rally the council and the international community to make a continued forceful effort to address the ongoing situation in Libya and the Middle East," Suzanne Nossel, deputy assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, told Reuters. "It will help strengthen the unity of purpose in the international community ... to categorically reject the behavior of the Libyan government." Clinton will be the first U.S. secretary of state to address the council, which the United States joined in 2009 after boycotting it for years amid charges it failed to confront abuses and acted primarily to condemn Israel, one of Washington's closest allies.


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