January 19, 2012
The Independent (UK)

NATO Accused of War Crimes in Libya

by Rachel Shabi

An independent report published by Middle Eastern human rights groups says there is evidence that war crimes and human rights violations were committed by all the participants - Nato, rebel forces and those loyal to Colonel Gaddafi - in last year's Libyan uprising.

The report, published today by the Arab Organisation for Human Rights together and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights with the International Legal Assistance Consortium, follows extensive fact-finding work carried out by law and war crimes experts. While the document stresses that findings are not conclusive, it adds weight to growing concerns about violations committed by all sides in the conflict. . . .


"The Lies Behind the West's War on Libya," The Wisdom Fund, August 24, 2011

Pepe Escobar, "Welcome to Libya's 'Democracy'," Asia Times, August 24, 2011

Enver Masud, "Five Things You May Not Know About Muammar Gaddafi And Libya," The Wisdom Fund, October 24, 2011

[A young French film-maker, Julien Teil, has filmed a remarkable interview in which the secretary general of the Libyan League for Human Rights, Slimane Bouchuiguir, candidly admits that he had "no proof" of the allegations he made before the U.N. Human Rights Commission which led to immediate expulsion of the official Libyan representative and from there to U.N. Resolutions authorizing what turned into the NATO war of regime change. Indeed, no proof has ever been produced of the "bombing of Libyan civilians" denounced by Al Jazeera, the television channel financed by the Emir of Qatar, who has emerged with a large share of Libyan oil business from the "liberation war" in which Qatar participated.--Diana Johnstone, "As the 'Humanitarian Warriors' Gloat... Here's the Key Question in the Libyan War," Guardian, October 26, 2011]

Enver Masud, "With 30,000 Dead, What Do Faith Leaders and Human Rights Activists Who Pushed For War on Libya Say Now?," The Wisdom Fund, October 30, 2011

Jason Ditz, "Libyan Central Bank: West Still Hasn't Returned $20 Billion in 'Freed' Assets,", January 13, 2012

Cynthia McKinney, "Why Is President Obama Sending 12, 000 U.S. Troops To Libya,", January 15, 2012

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Dan Kovalik, "Seven Truths Inconvenient to U.S. Foreign Policy,", January 20, 2012

[. . . strikingly different from those of many foreign reporters--"New York Times interview with Lizzie Phelan,", January 31, 2012]

[Reports from human rights organizations show that the United States, NATO and their vassal "rebels" committed the worst possible war crimes, culminating in the cold-blooded murder of Muammar Qaddafi. Interviews conducted with victims and witnesses in Tripoli, Zawiya, Sibrata, Khoms, Zliten, Misrata and Sirte Tawergha give ample proof that NATO deliberately bombed civilian targets, causing numerous deaths and injuries. This included schools, hospitals, government buildings, food stores and homes. The rebels meanwhile indulged in systematic torture, abuse and revenge killings among Gaddafi sympathizers, while "Black" immigrants were literally butchered.(translated by Michael Colhaze)--von Freeman, "The war crimes of NATO in Libya," Alles Schall und Rauch, February 6, 2012]

Adrian Salbuchi, "Libya: So it was all about oil after all!," Russia Today, April 11, 2012

Illegal War on Libya Cynthia McKinney, "The Illegal War on Libya," Clarity Press (July 1, 2012)

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[REVIEW: One of the book's accomplishments is its comprehensive demolition of the war's supposed justifications. Forte shows us that there was no "mass rape" committed by "Gaddafi forces" - as alleged by US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Ocampo and others at the time, but later refuted by Amnesty International, the UN and even the US army itself.--Dan Glazebrook, "Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO's War on Libya and Africa by Maximilian Forte," Baraka Books, November 28, 2012]

Damien McElroy, "CIA 'running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked',", Aug 2, 2013

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