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War Crimes in Libya

The UN’s top humanitarian official Valerie Amos visited Libya this week and her office filed this report.

From 15 to 16 April, three cluster bombs were seen exploding over the city, one 300 metres from the Misrata Hospital in an area populated by civilians. The use of cluster munitions is banned by over 108 countries as part of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Despite the heavy shelling, humanitarian organizations have been evertheless able to deliver aid and evacuate people from Misrata to safety.

And here is the top UN human rights official, Navi Pillay.

“Using imprecise weaponry such as cluster munitions, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, and other forms of heavy weaponry, in crowded urban areas will inevitably lead to civilian casualties,” Pillay said…”Under international law, the deliberate targeting of medical facilities is a war crime, and the deliberate targeting or reckless endangerment of civilians may also amount to serious violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law,” she added.

Check out this report from PBS.

Qaddafi has turned Misrata into one big crime scene.


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