Amnesty International has welcomed the suspension of Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council following a crackdown on protesters in the country which has reportedly already led to the deaths of hundreds of people.
The call came after the 192-member UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the Libya resolution at a meeting in New York on Monday.
"Amnesty International supports the UNGA's decision to suspend Libya from the HRC. It sends a clear warning to Colonel al-Gaddafi and those acting on his orders that unlawful killings and other violations of human rights will not be tolerated," said Malcolm Smart, director of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Amnesty International.
"The international community must continue to make clear to the Libyan leader and others in Libya that those who commit human rights crimes will be held to account and made to face the consequences of their actions.
"This decision reinforces the UN Security Council's earlier referral of Libya to the International Criminal Court in underlining the international community’s resolve to bring a stop to continuing human rights violations in the country and to ensure that justice and the rule of law are enforced.”
Amnesty International has already urged the UN Human Rights Council, the Arab League and the African Union, all of which have announced investigative missions to Libya, to urgently proceed with them and hand over their findings to the ICC prosecutor as soon as possible.