Government and opposition forces in Libya "guilty of war crimes"

Human Rights Council

A UN led commission of inquiry says war crimes were committed in Libya by both government and opposition forces during the civil unrest in February.

The commission submitted a report on Thursday to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

An International Commission of Inquiry has just concluded that "crimes against humanity and war crimes" were committed in Libya by Government forces.

The panel found evidence that government forces used excessive force against demonstrators, arbitrarily arrested and tortured people, as well as engaged in "a pattern of enforced disappearances of persons."

The Commission also says opposition forces were guilty of "some acts which would constitute war crimes".

The report was compiled following meetings with government officials, civil society, individuals. Over 5,000 pages of documents, hundreds of videos and thousands of photographs were also reviewed.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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