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Minister Stubb: The international community also has responsibility to protect people

Press release 69/2011
28 February 2011

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb gave a speech at the UN Human Rights Council on 28 February. In his speech, he strongly condemned the violence in Libya, demanding unrestricted access into the country for humanitarian assistance and safe exit out from Libya of foreign nationals. Stubb hailed the international community for unusually swift response to the situation, including the decisions on sanction by the UN Security Council and the EU.

“Libya has responsibility to protect all people within its region – crimes against humanity must be investigated and prosecuted,” Stubb underscored in Geneva. Stubb pointed out that the UN Security Council should define where the line goes for the international community to take the responsibility to protect people.

At the end of his speech, Stubb encouraged each state to critically examine human rights situation also in their home territory.

The Human Rights Council is the primary UN body to address human rights issues. The Human Rights Council is mandated to address situations of human rights violations and promote human rights and protection of fundamental freedoms worldwide.

Additional information: Sofie From-Emmesberger, Head of Unit for Human Rights Policy of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 40 568 8641, and Lauri Tierala, Press Attaché to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 40 841 7141

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Updated 3/2/2011

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