UN chief urges Libya to probe rights abuses
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Libyan authorities to address human rights violations related to last year`s uprising and ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.
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Ki-moon has urged Libyan authorities to address human rights
violations related to last year`s uprising and ouster of
Moammar Gadhafi after a UN report said forces both supporting
and opposing the former leader committed war crimes.
The UN-appointed International Commission of Inquiry on
Libya issued its report Friday and handed diplomats a
confidential list of names of alleged perpetrators of war
crimes and crimes against humanity in Libya.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said "the secretary-general
believes the report and recommendations ... provide a strong
basis for the Libyan authorities to address human rights
issues in Libya."
The commission, appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human
Rights Council, concluded that "international crimes,
specifically crimes against humanity and war crimes, were
committed by Gadhafi forces."
It said "acts of murder, enforced disappearance, and
torture were perpetrated within the context of a widespread or
systematic attack against a civilian population."
The commission said anti-Gadhafi forces also committed
serious violations, "including war crimes and breaches of
international human rights law."
Nesirky said Ban noted the report`s overall finding that
NATO did not deliberately target civilians in its bombing
campaign in Libya. NATO warplanes flew 18,000 sorties during
the 7-month campaign, which ended in October.
Panel chairman and Canadian judge Philippe Kirsch told
reporters on Friday that the panel recommended more
investigation of NATO`s air campaign, which unintentionally
killed at least 60 civilians and wounded 55 more.
"We are quite sure that NATO did not deliberately attack
any civilians," he said.