Nato 'must probe, pay for errors in Libya'

2012-03-19 13:43

Tripoli - Nato must investigate the killing of dozens of civilians during its air campaign in Libya last year and provide reparations to the people affected, Amnesty International said on Monday.

"Adequate investigations must be carried out and full reparation provided to victims and their families," said the rights group in a statement released one year after the first strike sorties were carried out by the alliance in Libya.

The organisation said it has documented 55 cases of named civilians, including 16 children and 14 women, killed in air strikes in the capital Tripoli, Zliten, Majer, Sirte and Brega.

Nato attacks, which played a key role in helping rebels to bring down dictator Muammar Gaddafi, left a deep rift in the UN Security Council.

Russia, China, South Africa and India all say Nato's tactics breached UN resolutions. The United States, Britain, France and Germany insist their actions were legal and life-saving.

Amnesty International acknowledged that "significant efforts" were made by Nato to avoid civilian casualties, but faulted its failure to investigate strikes that killed innocent people.

"Victims and relatives of those killed by Nato air strikes remain in the dark about what happened and who was responsible," said Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty.

The rights group urged Nato to carry out investigations to determine whether civilian casualties stemmed from a breach of international law, and if so to bring those responsible to justice.

"Many of the deaths occurred as a result of air strikes on private homes," where there was no evidence to indicate that the homes had been used for military purposes at the time of the attack, it said.

Neither Nato nor the Libyan authorities have reached out to the victims, the rights group said in a briefing paper based on interviews it conducted in January and February.

  • vawdaa - 2012-03-19 14:30

    It is rather obvious why "neither Nato nor the Libyan authorities have reached out to the victims": They have BLOOD on their hands, and usually murderers do not feel remorse for their victims. Shameful NATO leaders would kill their own moms just to make a few more bucks off the oil proceeds!

      Fred - 2012-03-19 15:20

      I suggest you look up "murder" in the dictionary. I also recommend being as passionate about the Jihadists in YOUR midst who are INTENTIONALLY killing and maiming HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of civilians with their car bombs and suicide attacks. Until you do this, you really appear foolish.

      Anthony - 2012-03-19 16:03

      Vawdaa, Can't recall you saying anything about the 41 years of tyranny by this WAR CRIMINAL gaddafi...... Ahhh, maybe you just forgot !!!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-19 21:10

      Thirty thousand killed during the Libyan uprising !! Amnesty International says it looking into the death of "55" civilians caused by Nato bombings. Although that is fifty five too many, it is almost a miracle, taking into consideration, that this TERRORIST gaddafi, had his military facilities, including his amunition warehouses, in built up residential areas !!!!! Extremely sad for these fifty five civilians, but it goes to show with how much care and precision NATO operated during this conflict !!!!!

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-03-20 00:26

    When will the West learn to keep out of 3rd world countries, only thing they seem to understand is dictatorships and rule by an iron fist, not one of the countries they have helped is stable, in fact they are worse off now.

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