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Martin Luther King’s message to Barack Obama

As Libyan rebels, who have been lynching black people in the north of Libya, prepare to attack the south and Sabha, inhabited by black libyans, we hope this message from Martin Luther King finds its way through to Barack Obama.

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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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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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Does Libya really possess cluster munitions?

UPDATE: 1 June 2011 – See later articles for updates UPDATE: 23 July 2011 – We’re still waiting for the Spanish government to produce the cluster bomb licenses, proof of export and end-user certificates. More here and here   More on the evidence Libya possessed cluster munitions: HRI has located the original source of the Spanish media reports […]

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The ICC has another African leader in its sights

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression (although it cannot currently exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression). It was set up in 2002. The prosecutor of the ICC is Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the UN Security […]

The Laws of War

List of Customary Rules of International Humanitarian Law This list is based on the conclusions set out in Volume I of the study on customary international humanitarian law. As the study did not seek to determine the customary nature of each treaty rule of international humanitarian law, it does not necessarily follow the structure of […]


HRI was set up to answer the need for objective and thorough human rights investigations. Internationalist and anti-racist Supporting the poor and oppressed Working for non-violent solutions to conflicts, social and political problems Investigating human rights abuses which have not been brought to the public’s attention Working collaboratively with like-minded organisations and individuals HRI aims to: Identify perpetrators […]