Categories
Cluster munitions Libyan Civil War Propaganda

Amnesty International’s Flawed Report

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 […]

Categories
Cluster munitions Conflict in Libya Spain

Instalaza – no sales of cluster munitions to Libya

According to El Mundo of Madrid, Instalaza have denied selling the MAT-120 – the cluster munition fired into Misrata – to Libya. * So how did the story get around that these munitions, which killed many civilians inside Misrata, must have been fired by Gadaffi forces? Human Rights Watch and the New York Times, perhaps […]

Categories
Cluster munitions Libyan Civil War

Cluster Munitions in Libya – an update

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 […]

Categories
Cluster munitions Libyan Civil War

International Commission of Inquiry investigating Human Rights violations in Libya

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.

Categories
Cluster munitions Conflict in Libya Propaganda

NATO bombing of Misrata – confirmed

NATO admitted today that it had been bombing inside the city of Misrata for the last three weeks using “certain weapons” which differentiate between pro-and anti-Gadaffi fighters. None of the assembled press corps asked the obvious question – in an urban environment how do bombs differentiate between the warring sides and civilians? Its Royal Wedding […]

Categories
Libyan Civil War

Open Letter to Human Rights Watch

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 […]

Categories
Libyan Civil War

Open Investigation: Cluster bombs in Misurata

We are currently investigating the cluster bombing of Misurata on the 14th April 2011. The sources for the original story are Human Rights Watch and the New York Times. The specific individuals to make the initial allegations were Fred Abrahams, a special advisor for Human Rights Watch and C.J. Chivers of the New York Times. […]