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LIBYA:UN rights probe commission wraps up visit to Libya

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 21, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — A three-member panel tasked by the United Nations with probing human rights violations committed during the Libyan conflict has concluded the first part of its investigations at the end of a visit to Triopli, the Libyan capital, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here Tuesday.

The commission was set up by the UN Human Rights Council in February to probe serious violations committed by all parties in the North African nation, where pro-government forces and rebels had engaged in fighting for months after a pro-democracy movement emerged at the start of the year.

“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,” Nesirky said.

“During their visit, commissioners met with the chairman of the National Transitional Council and other senior officials in the Libyan government,” the spokesman said. “They also met with representatives of non-governmental organizations and interviewed detainees at a detention center.”

“We were pleased to receive assurances of the (Libyan) government’s continued commitment to human rights, and we are encouraged by the initial steps the Government is taking to address the human rights violations that occurred during the recent conflict,” Judge Philippe Kirsch, a former president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who serves as chairperson of the commission, said on Tuesday.

The commission will return to Libya next month to continue its investigations in Ajdabiya, Benghazi, Bani Walid, Brega, Misratah, Nalut, Sirte, Yefren and Zintan.

The panel, which also comprises Egyptian jurist and war crimes expert Cherif M. Bassiouni and Jordanian-Palestinian lawyer Asma Khader, is scheduled to present its final report to the Geneva- based Council in March 2012.

In a report presented in June, the commission said both government forces and the opposition have committed war crimes during the weeks of fighting following the uprising.


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