UN panel on Libya completes first part of probe

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Martin Nesirky

A three-member panel investigating allegations of human rights violations during the conflict in Libya has completed the first part of its work.

The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Libya was established by the UN Human Rights Council in February after government forces killed peaceful demonstrators demanding change.

The protests escalated into a civil war which ended in October when pro-democracy forces took control of the country and captured the former leader, Muammar Qadhafi, who died in their hands.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky has more on the commission.

"The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Libya visited Tripoli in Libya from 31 November to 16 December 2011 as part of its continuing investigations into serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by all parties to the conflict in the country. During their visit, Commissioners met with the Chairman of the National Transitional Council and other senior officials in the Libyan Government. They also met with representatives of non-governmental organizations and interviewed detainees at a detention centre."

Spokesman Nesirky said the Commission will return to Libya in January next year.

(Duration: 32")

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