Thursday, June 2, 2011

A UN commission accused Gadhafi forces of war crimes

.- A UN commission of inquiry established in a report that the Libyan government forces committed crimes against humanity and war crimes in the conflict that pits rebels against the regime of Muammar Gadhafi. This conclusion-part of today's report to the Secretariat of Human Rights Council, which meets today in Geneva, is based on information gathered on the spot by human rights experts on the commission.

The specialists, who visited Libya, including Tripoli and Benghazi, a stronghold of the rebels to carry out this research, identified "a series of gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law", who believe that they constitute crimes against humanity and war. Experts to investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings, disappearances, arbitrary arrests, torture and sexual violence and attacks against civilians, including health care workers and journalists.

Corroborated also offensive situations to humanitarian goals and immigrant groups, and the use of mercenaries, child soldiers and prohibited weapons. The UN mission recognized that, although it received "fewer reports of events that represent international crimes" by opposing forces, in this case found "some acts that constitute war crimes." "The commission is concerned about these violations by both sides in conflict," he said.

It also urged them to respect international rules applicable in armed conflict. In his paper, which will be presented publicly at the Human Rights Council next Monday, the experts pointed out that during his visit met with 350 people, including more than a hundred doctors, auxiliary health personnel, patients and members of their families ten hospitals.

They could also meet with 30 detained in Tripoli and Benghazi and 148 displaced inside Libya, in places of transit or in refugee camps outside the country. The committee also reviewed a large amount of documentation received and sought by his account, totaling more than five thousand pages, 580 videos and over two thousand photographs.

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