A United Nations panel has adopted a report praising Qaddafi-era Libya for its human rights record, a year after the report was sidelined amid international objection. The U.N. report -- put together after a November 2010 session, months before protesters challenged Qaddafi -- includes dozens of recommendations for how Libya could improve human rights. But it also included pages of commentary, mostly positive, from the dozens of delegations to the controversial Human Rights Council.
The review commended Libya for improving educational opportunities, for making human rights a "priority" and for bettering its "constitutional" framework. Several countries, including Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia, but also Canada, gave Libya positive marks for the legal protections afforded to its citizens -- who later revolted against the regime and faced bloody reprisal.