‘Mass killings’ taking place in Libya

The Libyan government is engaging in mass killings, arbitrary arrests, detention, and torture of anti government protestors, according the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.

Protesters in Libya

Protesters in Libya

She said the indiscriminate use of tanks, helicopters and military aircraft to suppress the demonstrations may have resulted in the death of thousands of otherwise peaceful protesters.

Addressing a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on Libya, Ms Pillay called on the international community to take necessary measures to stop the bloodshed in Libya.

“But let us be clear that today’s shocking and brutal situation is the direct outcome of a callous disregard for the rights and freedom of Libyans that has marked the almost four-decade long grip on power by the current ruler. Justice for ongoing as well as past abuses must be attained in order to be meaningful for all the victims. There can be no doubt about the need for action by this Council now. The Human Rights Council and its mechanisms should step in vigorously to help end violence in Libya and hold those perpetrating the atrocities accountable. The Council should use all means available to compel the Libyan Government to respect the human rights and heed the will of its people.”

The Human Rights Counci is proposing to establish an independent UN led international investigation into human rights violations in Libya and ensure accountability for those responsible for the violations.

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