UN rights chief says all Libyan sides have committed abuses

2015-02-11 15:08
Smoke rises during clashes between the Libyan military and Islamic militias in Benghazi, Libya. (Mohammed El-Sheikhy, AP)

Smoke rises during clashes between the Libyan military and Islamic militias in Benghazi, Libya. (Mohammed El-Sheikhy, AP)

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United Nations - The UN human rights chief says all parties in Libya have committed numerous grave human rights abuses ranging from deadly attacks on civilians to executions, abductions and torture.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein said in a report to the UN General Assembly circulated on Tuesday that Libya is facing the worst political crisis and escalation of violence since long time dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown in 2011, which has had a devastating effect on human rights.

He said the country is now split between two governments which both claim legitimacy, "while powerful armed groups exercise effective control on the ground, committing violations of international human rights and humanitarian law with impunity".

Zeid said the justice system continues to be attacked and isn't functioning in parts of the country.

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