Friday, April 8, 2011

UN mission to investigate violations of humanitarian law in Libya

.- A mission of three experts from the United Nations Organization (UNO) will begin his trip to Libya on Sunday to investigate violations of international humanitarian law committed by forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi and opposition groups. The commission, appointed by the Human Rights Council is formed by the war crimes expert Cherif Bassiouni, the Canadian exjuez and first president of the ICC, Philippe Kirsch, and Jordanian lawyer and former minister Asma Khader.

Bassouni, in charge of the mission, told reporters that for security reasons would not reveal the exact itinerary of the trip, but hope to go to Libya and visiting cities in the east and west and Benghazi, Misurata and Tripoli, besides going to the border with Egypt and Tunisia. "We will talk with everyone.

Will visit hospitals, talk to the wounded, doctors, go to prisons and try to talk to the detainees and people who feel vulnerable," said Bassouni, who emphasized the independent nature of the mission. mission's mandate, under the resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council, is "to investigate all alleged violations of international humanitarian law, establishing the facts and circumstances of these violations and crimes." Also, if possible, identify those responsible for making recommendations, in particular, on measures of accountability.

The mission of experts will submit its report to the Council on 17 June next and will likely request an extension of the mandate, said Bassiouni.

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