The terms of a settlement between the UK government and Abdel Hakim Belhaj over his rendition and torture case are due to be revealed today. the treatment of Belhaj and his wife, who were kidnapped in Thailand and flown to Tripoli on a CIA plane in an operation involving former foreign secretary Jack Straw, Sir Mark […]
The Report of the The International Commission of Inquiry on Libya has been issued and provides some interesting reading.
According to NATO’s own figures, Sirte has been bombed with 340 “key hits” from 25th August to 16th September. (we have been tracking the official NATO numbers in War: what is it good for – absolutely nothing.)
Will US and Qatari war crimes be investigated by the ICC? As far as the HRI investigation into the cluster bombing of Misrata is concerned the crucial passage in today’s statement seeking arrest warrants for Muammar Abu Minya Gaddafi, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi and the Head of the Intelligence Abdullah Al Sanousi is: The Office […]
Did Qatar bomb Misrata? – the dangers in allying with an Arab dictatorship. There have been a number of breaks in our ongoing investigation into the cluster bombing of Misrata over the last few days. We now have a lot more information about the disposition of forces on the relevant days (mid-April) and a new […]
Instalaza has been claiming 40 million euros, according to Spanish newspaper Cincodias in compensation for damages and lost profits after Spain decided to ban cluster bombs. The claim was put into the Spanish Executive, but the company refuses to say what the result has been. For their part, according to this newspaper report, the Spanish […]
Amnesty International have published a flawed report on human rights violations in Misratah. Of the MAT-120 the author states “Spain sold these to Libya in 2007.” Asked for evidence, one of Amnesty’s writers pointed to speculative reports in the Spanish press. The report is one-sided, with almost no mention, let alone criticism of the rebels or […]
To paraphrase The Dude – More information comes to light: “In 2005, a Spanish company announced that it was going to co-produce with the Finnish defense company Patria a 120mm mortar projectile with submunitions. In 2006, Patria advertised a 120mm mortar projectile that contains 21 submunitions, stating that the dual purpose submunitions contain “electronic fusing…which […]
The International Commission of Inquiry investigating Human Rights violations in Libya ended field visits to Egypt, Libya and Tunisia on 29 April. HRI has already submitted information to the United Nations regarding the use of cluster munitions in Misrata. HRI will be submitting further information.
On 15th April Human Rights Watch issued a statement asserting, “Government forces loyal to the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, have fired cluster munitions into residential areas in the western city of Misrata.” Subsequent reports indicate a large number of civilians died in these attacks. According to Fred Abrahams, Human Rights Watch assigned responsibility for these […]