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NATO bombs health clinic in Zlitan, Libya

NATO jets have been attacking food stores and destroyed a health clinic in Zlitan. The CNN report by Ivan Watson and Jomana Karadsheh  from Zlitan, a town half-way between Tripoli and Misrata provides further evidence of how NATO and the rebels are working together closely in a military campaign, not to protect civilians but to conquer anti-rebel […]

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NATO bombs the Great Man-Made River

It is a war crime to attack essential civilian infrastructure. 95% of Libya is desert and 70% of Libyans depend on water which is piped in from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System under the southern desert. The water pipe infrastructure is probably the most essential civilian infrastructure in Libya. Key to its continued function, particularly in time […]

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Lynching in Benghazi

Human Rights Investigations has been investigating the use and consequences of racist propaganda in Libya and this has led to the examination of video footage of atrocities committed in Benghazi, Libya. Today HRI reports on the lynching of a man by rebels in Benghazi. Our hope is that the death of this man will inspire […]

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ECHR in landmark judgement – military accountable for human rights abuses

The European Court of Human Rights has (7 july 2011) delivered two important rulings. The first judgement was in regard to the responsibility of the UK to carry out effective investigations into the killing of civilians by UK forces: In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case Al-Skeini and Others v the United Kingdom (application no. […]

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Libyan rebel ethnic cleansing and lynching of black people

Further specific evidence has emerged that there is a strong racist element within the rebel forces, including at command level, and it is the stated intention of these forces to ethnically cleanse areas they capture of their dark-skinned inhabitants. Racism amongst the rebels including at command level In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, journalist Sam Dagher pointed […]

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Luis Moreno Ocampo must resign

According to ICC Presiding Judge at the Pre-trial Chamber II Ekaterina Trendafilova, Luis Moreno Ocampo has now missed the deadline for ensuring that 59 victims who have applied to appear before the court to raise their concerns on what they underwent during Kenya’s deadliest poll violence could actually be heard: “The Prosecutor’s Request makes clear […]

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Marines, Ex-marines and the Information Battlespace

“Overgrown military establishments,” George Washington said in his farewell address of 1796, “are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty.” Similarly, Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (1953-61) and 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1951-1952), in his farewell address as president warned that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether […]

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Libya Commission of Inquiry Report

Extracts from the Report of the International Commission of Inquiry to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya directly relevant to the use of cluster munitions in Libya:  With regard to the use of weaponry, the commission is concerned that the Libyan authorities have not been making appropriate and […]

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Justice for the victims of the NATO bombing of Libya

Will the victims of the NATO bombing of Libya see justice? Evidence about the nature of the weapons used and contemplated from the HRI investigation and others including the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons is spreading through social media networks – but what can be done to ensure that: 1) Those who commit war […]

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Admiral James Stavridis

Admiral James Stavridis and Misrata Admiral James G Stavridis, NATO Supreme Commander Europe, tops the military command structure with regard to the coalition operation in Misrata. As we have stated before his job encompasses the war on the land, air, on the sea and also the ‘information war’ and in his words: “We sail in a cyber-sea and […]