Libya’s post-revolutionary authorities want to be a new and just government with respect for international law – they are failing miserably. During Libya’s civil war in 2011, both sides to the conflict violated international humanitarian and human rights law. Today, one year after the end of major combat in Libya, perpetrators of crimes under international law are only held responsible if it suits the new government. The application of international law by the new authorities is arbitrary. Or, in other words, the new government abuses its powers to protect loyal henchmen from punishment. This is obvious from three examples. The facts in the following have been taken from reports by the United Nations (here, see also this analysis) and Human Rights Watch (here). Den Rest des Artikels lesen >