War On Libya and Its Reaction + More Related News (UPDATE) (March – July 20,2011)
Team investigating human rights abuses arrive in Libya: UN spokesman
Laaska News April 28,2011
UNITED NATIONS, April 27 (Xinhua) — A three-person team looking at human rights in Libya arrived in the country on Wednesday to begin investigations into reported abuses, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.
“The team was sent by the Human Rights Council and is to present its findings to the Human Rights Council in June,” Nesirky said in a daily briefing.
The team is led by Professor Cherif Bassiouni, an Egyptian jurist and war crimes expert who has previously served as a UN rapporteur. The other members include Asma Khader, a Jordanian- Palestinian lawyer who serves on the executive committee of the International Commission of Jurists and Canada’s Philippe Kirsch, who was the first president of the International Criminal Court ( ICC).
When asked about support for the rebels in Libya, the spokesman said that the United Nations was “focusing on obtaining an immediate ceasefire and trying to expand humanitarian access in the country.”
The inquiry to look into abuses was issued after reports of serious human rights violations against civilians in Libya.
Last month, the UN General Assembly suspended Libya’s membership in the Human Rights Council due to the violent repression of the protesters. The UN Security Council later authorized member states to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in the Middle East country.
Algeria FM hails AU efforts over Libyan crisis
ALGIERS, April 27 (Xinhua) — Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci on Wednesday hailed the role of the African Union (AU) for its devoted efforts for finding a solution to the Libyan conflict.
Following a meeting with Malian Foreign Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga in Algiers, Medelci told reporters that the AU’s move to resolve the Libyan crisis “reflects the reliability of the AU as a good and strong friend to the Libya issue,” adding that ” Africa is heading in the right track.”
Medelci expressed his wish that “discussions between the AU and foreign countries concerned with the Libyan crisis would bring fruits in the next few days.”
“Our discussions with the disputing parties in Libya (the government and the transitional council) aim at overcoming the crisis,” he said.
The crisis in Libya could have been avoided if the AU’s mediation was given an opportunity to hold talks with the disputing parties to reach a peaceful solution at the very beginning, Medelci said.
He also pointed out that the departure of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should not be put as a condition to end the crisis in Libya. “The departure of Gaddafi is a possibility among others, and it’s up to the people to choose it,” he said, adding that ” Algeria respects the will of the Libyan people.”
Since the outbreak of the Libyan crisis, Algeria has reiterated several times its position for a political solution and warned that the flow of weapons to Libya could encourage terrorist activities in the region and would have disastrous consequences for all the neighboring countries.
Algeria also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and foreign intervention in Libya.