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 >

The conflict in Libya 2011 has been closely monitored by an International Commission of Inquiry. As mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya presented its report on violations of human rights law in Libya’s civil war. Allthough the report is very thourough, some remarks must be made. This analysis assesses the achievements and flaws of the report. Den Rest des Artikels lesen >