Human Rights Council told of continuing human rights abuses in Libya

The Libya refugeesLibyan government has been defending itself against accusations of war crimes before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Libya, which was suspended from the council earlier this year, was granted a special hearing following the publication of a report by the International Commission of Inquiry which concluded that crimes against humanity and war crimes have been committed by Government forces in Libya. The report says government forces systematically targeted civilians and engaged in acts of murder, imprisonment, torture, persecution, enforced disappearance and sexual abuse. Head of the delegation, Mustafa Shaban, said his government was dealing with an armed insurgency and instead accused rebel opposition groups and international forces enforcing the UN-mandated no-fly zone for committing human rights violations. Cherif Bassiouni, headed the International Commission of Inquiry.

"The commission has also found that there have been many serious violations of international humanitarian law committed by government forces and their supports amounting to war crimes as defined under article 8 of the ICC statute and the Geneva Conventions.  In certain reports forces connected with the opposition did commit certain international crimes such as killings torture and cruel treatment and some outrages upon personal dignity in particular against persons in detention, migrant workers and those believed to be mercenaries."

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