Report on civilian deaths in Libya


Human Rights Watch has released a 76-page report today called “Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties in NATO’s Air Campaign in Libya”.

civilian deaths in Libya

It states that NATO had not acknowledged a large number of civilian casualties caused by air strikes during its 2011 Libya campaign. NATO air strikes resulted in 72 civilian deaths, among them 20 women and 24 children.

Special Adviser Fred Abrahams at Human Rights Watch said that NATO took important steps to minimize civilian casualties during the Libya campaign but 72 of these deaths have yet to be explained. Air attacks are allowed only on military targets which raises the important question of where exactly NATO forces were striking.

NATO forces in Libya were mandated by the United Nations Security Council in order to protect civilians from now deceased Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

HRW urges NATO to inquire into civilian deaths in Libya

The Human Rights Watch international NGO is urging NATO to investigate civilian deaths in last year’s airstrikes on Libya.

Fred Abrams of Human Rights Watch has told the BBC that 72 Libyan civilians died in NATO airstrikes. NATO claims that there’s been no confirmation so far that these people died precisely as a result of airstrikes, so the alliance cannot be held responsible for their death.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution amid mass-scale unrest in Libya in March last year to enforce a no-fly zone over the North African country. However, western countries’ air force brought Libyan cities and Libyan territory under fire shortly afterwards.

IF, www.hrw.org

From The Voice of Russia

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