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.
'The abuses that we gathered evidence of in Misrata are some of the most egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity I've heard of in Libya'
Forces loyal to fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi committed a vast array of possible war crimes while battling rebels in Misrata, the country's third largest city, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a U.S.-based human rights group. The report by Physicians for Human Rights, titled "Witness to War Crimes: Evidence from Misrata, Libya," is based on interviews of residents in the Misrata area conducted in June.
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.
On August 30, the United Nations marked the first International Day of the Disappeared. BBC radio's World Service interviewed PHR's Stefan Schmitt about identifying victims of the Rwandan genocide.