Human Rights Watch was the first organization to speak out against Libya's recent nomination as chair
of the next United Nations Commission on Human Rights by the regional group of African states.
Unwilling to abide by the long tradition of accepting such matters as the exclusive province of the
regional bloc whose turn it is to select a chair, HRW highlighted Libya's long record of human rights
abuses and obstructive approach to the Commission, and argued that its nomination ran counter to the
new commitments African leaders had made to promote human rights and good governance through the
New African Partnership for Development (Nepad).