Libyan rebels accused of war crimes

Sept. 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Amnesty International called on the newly minted leadership in Libya to seek justice for victims of crimes allegedly committed by Libyan rebel fighters.

Human Rights Watch in a report this week called on the Transitional National Council to take action to secure weapons depots across the country.

Fighters loyal to the TNC took control of Tripoli in late August. Most of the international community had already recognized the rebel-backed leadership as the governmental authority in Libya.

In a 107-page report, Amnesty International said forces loyal to the TNC likely committed war crimes during the Libyan war.

"The new authorities must make a complete break with the abuses of the past four decades and set new standards by putting human rights at the center of their agenda," Claudio Cordone, senior director at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

"The onus now is on the TNC to do things differently, end abuses and initiate the human rights reforms that are urgently needed."

Amnesty International said civilians suffered most from crimes allegedly committed by forces loyal to the TNC. Several fighters loyal to fugitive leader Moammar Gadhafi were lynched after they were captured by rebel forces, Amnesty International said.

The International Criminal Court has arrest warrants out for Gadhafi and members of his inner circle for war crimes allegedly committed since the uprising against his regime began in February.

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