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UN rights council to hold special session on Libya: GENEVA : The UN Human Rights Council will hold a special ses...

GENEVA : The UN Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Friday to discuss the crisis in Libya, a UN official said, amid a global outcry and calls for a probe into possible crimes against humanity. "We received the request for a special session this morning, filed by the European Union," Alessandro Marra, an official at the UN human rights office told AFP. The request was signed by 47 United Nations member states from all regions of the world as well as the Palestinian Authority and marked the first time that a sitting member of the council will be subjected to a special session, he added. The meeting and debate is due to begin at 10.00 am (0900 GMT) in Geneva on Friday. UN human rights experts on Tuesday accused Libya of "engaging in a massacre of its own people" while the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, warned that widespread and systematic at...

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