Libya's interim leader issued an ultimatum Tuesday for tribal leaders in towns still under the control of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists: Surrender peacefully or face fierce military battles come Saturday, after Eid al-Fitr festivities have come to an end.
Libyan troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi forced civilians to act as human shields, perching children on tanks to deter NATO attacks, human rights investigators said. It was part of a pattern of rapes, slayings, "disappearances" and other war crimes that they said they found. Physicians for Human Rights was able to get a team of interviewers into the embattled city of Misrata from June 5-12, just after Libyan rebel forces expelled Gadhafi's loyalists.
Forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi committed possible war crimes in the battle for Misrata, a U.S.- based human rights group said, as some of the fallen leader’s family fled to neighboring Algeria. Those crimes include murder, torture and rape, Physicians for Human Rights said in a report. The Boston-based group cited interviews with 54 residents of Misrata and its surrounding villages that it said were conducted in June, shortly after rebel forces captured the western coastal city.
Libyan rebels may be indiscriminately killing black people because they have confused innocent migrant workers with mercenaries, the chairman of the African Union said, citing the fears as one reason the continental body has not recognized opposition forces as Libya's interim government.
PHR today released a report on war crimes in Libya. The report, Witness to War Crimes, sheds light on Qaddafi’s brutal two-month siege of Misrata, whose residents reportedly suffered some of the most egregious abuses of the civil war. Also included are reports of civilians being used as human shields to guard military munitions from NATO attacks and documentary evidence of torture and the disappearances of elderly civilians.