January 25, 2010
The Council made the protection of civilians the priority of its action on Libya. Such prioritization is welcome and must continue. The Council is urged also to demonstrate a due level of concern with regard to other crises in the Middle East and North Africa. The Council should request regular briefings on peace and security throughout the region. In light of the extensive human rights abuses, including attacks on peaceful protestors and other civilians in countries such as Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, the Council should give due attention to: respect for human rights, particularly the rights of women who are peacefully demanding change; bringing to justice perpetrators suspected of crimes, including gender-based crimes; and ensuring that necessary measures are being taken to secure the participation of women in political and electoral processes.