UN urges Libya to prevent revenge killings

By REUTERS
October 25, 2011 19:49

GENEVA - United Nations human rights investigators called on Libyan authorities on Tuesday to ensure that their forces refrain from revenge killings and humanely treat detainees who fought on behalf of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"It is extremely important that the NTC (National Transitional Council) and all armed groups in Libya ensure that all detainees under their control, irrespective of their affiliations, are treated with due respect for their human rights," said Philippe Kirsch, chairman of a UN inquiry commission.

"In particular, I would urge all armed forces to refrain from revenge killings and arbitrary repression of Libyans and foreigners."

Attention has been focused on the treatment of detainees by Libya's new authorities, especially since last week when Gaddafi himself was killed after being captured alive.


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