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Destroying Misrata to save it

The US Navy forces involved in the operation to seize Misrata come under the spotlight as part of the ongoing HRI investigation into the cluster bombing of Misrata. The main ships involved from the United States Navy – ie “supporting Operation Unified Protector, off the coast of Libya” on the 14th and 15th April are […]

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Were the cluster munitions found in Misrata exported from Spain to Libya?

Analysis of official Spanish government documents indicates Spanish company Instalaza may not have exported the MAT-120 cluster weapon to Libya in 2007/08. In the 2008 report, Libya is listed as a recipient of category 4 munitions (which include bombs) – this is the source of the reports that Libya was provided with the MAT-120 by […]

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UK military chief and war crimes

War has a tendency to slide towards genocide and General David Richards, Britain’s chief of the defence staff, illustrated that over the weekend. The general said he wanted Nato member states to support the targeting of Libyan infrastructure: “The military campaign to date has been a significant success for Nato and our Arab allies. But […]

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Luis Moreno-Ocampo to investigate war crimes committed by different parties

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 […]

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NATO blame Gaddhafi for cluster bombing Misrata!

Speaking on 8th of May to National Public Radio U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Ramsay had the following to say: “We have absolutely irrefutable evidence that he [Gaddhafi] used likely mortar fire to drop cluster munitions on his own people for the express purpose of killing and injuring them.” Maj. Gen. Mark F. Ramsay […]

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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 […]

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Cluster bomb maker seeks 40 million euros from the Spanish government

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]