UN council delays soft report on Libya's record

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 05, 2011 15:00 hrs

The U.N. Human Rights Council has postponed issuing its report on Libya in the wake of criticism that it contains praise for the North African nation's human rights record.

The 47-nation council said Thursday it would hold off on adopting the report on Libya after critics said it was too soft.

The routine report was prepared before the recent uprisings and Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's violent crackdown on protesters.

The U.S. ambassador to the council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, said the delay was the right thing to do and hopefully "the voices of the Libyan people, and not just the voice of the Gadhafi regime, can be reflected."

Last week the council approved a probe into human rights abuses in Libya and set in motion the country's unprecedented suspension from the council.