UN warns of crimes against humanity in Libya

Attacks on anti-government protesters in Libya may amount to crimes against humanity, according to the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.

Libyan Leader

Libyan Leader

She is calling for an independent international investigation into the violent suppression of protests in Libya.

Ms Pillay condemned the reported use of machine guns, snipers and military planes against demonstrators saying the government was acting in brazen defiance of international law which cannot go unpunished.

Ravina Shamdasani is spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“Protection of civilians should always be the paramount consideration. Widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population may amount to crimes against humanity. The High Commissioner said that the people of Libya had long been victims of the serious excesses of the Libyan leadership and she praised their courage in speaking out in the face of such harsh repercussions. The Libyan people are tired of corruption, tired of resource wealth benefitting only a few, tired of being unemployed, tired of their rights being ignored. They want a say in the Government and a role in the economy and they will not be silenced.”

The High Commissioner said more than 250 people have been killed in Libya although the actual numbers are difficult to verify.

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