Tuesday, September 13, 2011

War crimes in Libya Commited by BOTH Sides - 13th Sept 2011

The regime of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi and the rebel government -- the National Transitional Council -- have both committed war crimes during the conflict in Libya and someone needs to take control to stop abuses from continuing, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday.

The 112-page report detailed many examples of abuses by the Gadhafi loyalists, which included "mass killing of prisoners, torture, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary arrests."

But the report also spotlighted what Amnesty called a problem with the National Transition Council in controlling divergent groups of anti-Gadhafi fighters.

The report said rebel fighters have conducted revenge attacks on prisoners and, at one point, conducted house-to-house raids killing people they thought were Gadhafi mercenaries.

"The NTC is facing a difficult task of reining in opposition fighters and vigilante groups responsible for serious human rights abuses, including possible war crimes; but has shown unwillingness to hold them accountable," the report says. "So far, NTC officials have not provided details of any measures taken to address such concerns." Read More

Note: "someone needs to take control to stop abuses from continuing, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday" well that didn't take as long as I would of thought!

How about some U.S. Service members? they arrived this weekend and are highly qualified, surely assisting in rebuilding the damaged US embassy building wasn't in their Job Description? Read More