Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights Watch’

BBC | July 13, 2011

The campaign group, Human Rights Watch, has accused rebels in Libya of looting, arson and the abuse of civilians.

Observers from the New York-based group say they have witnessed some incidents themselves, and have interviewed witnesses to others in territory recently seized by rebels.

A rebel spokesman talking to reporters in Brussels has denied the allegations. (more…)

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Human Rights Watch | July 8, 2011

Zintan – Libyan government forces have placed at least three minefields containing antipersonnel and antivehicle landmines outside the village of al-Qawalish in the western Nafusa Mountains, Human Rights Watch said today.

“The government’s blatant disregard for the safety of its civilians is shameful,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch. “Landmines are a weapon that will claim civilian limbs and lives for years to come.” (more…)

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April 20, 2011

The Libyan government’s reported use of cluster munitions and heavy weapons in Misrata has caused substantial civilian casualties and may amount to crimes under international law, the United Nations said on Wednesday. (more…)

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By: David D. KirkPatrick

March 30, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — Militia loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi laid land mines on the edge of the city of Ajdabiya in eastern Libya, Human Rights Watch said in a statement Wednesday.

Peter Bouckaert, a researcher for the group working out of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, said in the statement that both antivehicle and antipersonnel mines had been found in the ground. An electrical utility truck ran over and detonated two antipersonnel mines on Monday, and 24 antivehicle mines and more than 30 antipersonnel mines were later removed from the same area. No injuries were reported. (more…)

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United Nations Should Establish International Commission of Inquiry

(New York, February 14, 2011) – The scale and severity of the crimes during the intense fighting in Somalia in recent months demonstrates the need for an international commission of inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. A recent Human Rights Watch investigation found that all of the parties to the armed conflict have been responsible for indiscriminate attacks on civilians since May 2010. Some of these attacks may amount to war crimes. (more…)

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