Prominent politicians continue to resign over what they deem was an unnecessary show of force on Friday.
BACKGROUND ON EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST
As citizens in the Middle East struggle against authoritarian rule, uprisings, many nonviolent, have uprooted de-facto dictators who had abused human rights to hold onto power. While Tunisia and Egypt reinvent their governments other pockets of the Middle East like Yemen and Libya are increasingly unstable as citizens demand more accountability and fight military battles against leaders lashing out with force, torture and imprisonment.
International bodies in Europe meant to monitor human rights abuses occasionally reveal their own contradictions. The Human Rights Council in Geneva, for example, has internal laws to weigh “contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights” but offered Libya, known for its brutal rights violations, a much sought-after seat last year. More recently, Muammar Gaddafi’s violence against his own citizens prompted a UN resolution against the leader and large-scale international military intervention.