China says suspension of Libya's membership in UN Human Rights Council not a precedent

09:12, March 02, 2011      

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China joined the consensus on a UN resolution to suspend Libya's membership in the Human Rights Council on Tuesday, stressing the suspension does not constitute a precedent.

Zhang Dan, a counselor of the Chinese Mission to the UN, said in her statement at the General Assembly that the Chinese delegation joined the consensus on the resolution "in view of the extremely exceptional situation now in Libya and concerns and views expressed by Arab and African countries."

"At the same time, the Chinese delegation holds that the UN General Assembly's suspension of Libya's rights of membership in the Human Rights Council does not constitute a precedent," she said.

The 65th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution to suspend the rights of membership of Libya in the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.

By adopting the resolution, which was introduced by Lebanon on behalf of the African and Middle East countries, the 192-member General Assembly approved an unprecedented membership suspension in the Human Rights Council, which was set up nearly five years ago.

The resolution also expressed "deep concern about the human rights situation" in Libya, which has been a member of the Council since May 2010.

Source: Xinhua
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