The United Nations voted unanimously on Tuesday to suspend Libya's membership in the UN Human Rights Council for what it calls systematic human rights violations by Muammar al-Qadhafi.
A draft resolution was submitted earlier to the UN General Assembly by several nations including Japan and Lebanon. Libya was elected to the Human Rights Council in May 2010.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon voiced grave concern before the vote over the violence against Libyan people by Colonel Qadhafi and his security forces.
Libya is the first nation to have its membership in the UN Human Rights Council suspended.
US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the unprecedented action sends a clear warning to Qadhafi to stop the killing.
She also reiterated a call for Qadhafi to step down immediately.
Japan's Ambassador to the UN Tsuneo Nishida said Japan condemns Libya's use of force against its own people and offered condolences for the victims