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  •  Some of them. Gadhaffil brought in foreign mercs. (2+ / 0-)
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    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 06:38:35 AM PDT

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    •  There is no evidence of that (0+ / 0-)
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/...

      Nato leaders, opposition groups and the media have produced a stream of stories since February 15 claiming the Gaddafi regime has ordered mass rapes, used foreign mercenaries and employed helicopters against civilian protesters.

      An investigation by Amnesty International has failed to find evidence for these human rights violations and in many cases has discredited or cast doubt on them.

      It also found indications that on several occasions Benghazi rebels appeared to have knowingly made false claims or manufactured evidence.
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      Rebels have repeatedly charged that mercenary troops from Central and West Africa have been used against them. Amnesty found there was no evidence for this.

      "Those shown to journalists as foreign mercenaries were later quietly released," says Rovera. "Most were sub-Saharan migrants working in Libya without documents."

      Others were not so lucky and were lynched or executed. Rovera found two bodies of migrants in the Benghazi morgue and others were dumped on the outskirts of the city.

      She says: "The politicians kept talking about mercenaries, which inflamed public opinion and the myth has continued because they were released without publicity."


      •  I find Patrick Cockburn's reporting on Libya to be (0+ / 0-)

        lacking.

        One has to be particularly naive or dogmatic to think that Gaddafi, with his history of supporting Chadian rebels and his history of integrating Chadians and people from Niger into his paramilitary units, would suddenly stop doing that.

        Or that a regime that forcefully conscripts teenagers would have ethical or moral qualms about using mercenaries.

        I think I'll trust the ICC's word on this over the words of Patrick Cockburn.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 01:18:18 AM PDT

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        •  Cockburn was only reporting on Amnesty (0+ / 0-)

          International's findings.

          http://uk.ibtimes.com/...

          Libya, Amnesty questions the Hague‘s findings: Are the rebels making up claims of mass rape?

          By Anissa Haddadi | June 27, 2011 10:55 AM GMT

          An investigation by Amnesty International has failed to find evidence for these human rights violations and in many cases has discredited or cast doubt on them. It also found indications that on several occasions the rebels in Benghazi appeared to have knowingly made false claims or manufactured evidence.

          The findings by the investigators appear to be at odds with the views of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who two weeks ago told a press conference that "we have information that there was a policy to rape in Libya those who were against the government. Apparently he [Colonel Gaddafi] used it to punish people."
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          The genuineness  of some of the rebels claims' were further put into question after despite them repeatedly insisting that mercenary troops from Central and West Africa have been used against them, an Amnesty investigation found there was no evidence for this. "Those shown to journalists as foreign mercenaries were later quietly released," says Ms Rovera. "Most were sub-Saharan migrants working in Libya without documents."

          Amnesty even goes further by revealing that other migrants were lynched or executed. Ms Rovera found two bodies of migrants in the Benghazi morgue and others were dumped on the outskirts of the city. She says: "The politicians kept talking about mercenaries, who inflamed public opinion and the myth has continued because they were released without publicity."

          Also, Amnesty's findings confirm a recent report by the authoritative International Crisis Group, which found that while the Gaddafi regime had a history of brutally repressing opponents, there was no question of "genocide".

          The report adds that "much Western media coverage has from the outset presented a very one-sided view of the logic of events, portraying the protest movement as entirely peaceful and repeatedly suggesting that the regime's security forces were unaccountably massacring unarmed demonstrators who presented no security challenge".

          While international human rights organisations are now denouncing the one-sided view exposed by Nato and the Western media, it will be interesting to see how the ICC will respond to Amnesty's findings. Throughout the months, the rebel's claims have proven to be far less reliable than first expected and they have been accused of violating basic human rights and persecuting migrant workers from Sub-Saharan Africa. So are the allegations that Gaddafi used mass rape as a weapon true or are they a fabrication aimed at discrediting the regime even further? After four months of fighting, only one thing is sure: neither the rebels nor Gaddafi are as innocent as they pretend to be.

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