Libya: Contact Group Should Press Rebels to Protect Civilians
15 July 2011
Human Rights Watch
(…) The international Contact Group on Libya, meeting in Istanbul on July 15, 2011, to discuss the conflict, should press Libya's opposition authority to ensure that civilians are protected in areas where rebels have assumed control, Human Rights Watch said today.
Human Rights Watch has documented abuses in four towns recently captured by rebels in the western mountains, including looting, arson, and beatings of some civilians who remained when government forces withdrew.
"Rebel abuses may pale in comparison with the atrocities by Libyan government forces, but they require immediate attention," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "Governments supporting the NATO campaign should push the opposition to protect civilians in areas where rebels have control, especially where some people may support the government."
The Contact Group is meeting for the fourth time to discuss the Libya conflict, with high-level representation from countries that support the NATO intervention and Libya's opposition National Transition Council. (…)
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