Democracy Now: Report: NATO Failed to Fully Investigate Civilian Deaths in Libya Bombing

Human Rights Watch is accusing NATO of failing to properly investigate at least 72 civilian deaths in the bombing of Libya last year. In a new report, HRW says NATO “took important steps to minimize civilian casualties,” but adds that NATO has yet to properly examine the air strikes that killed dozens of civilians, including 24 children. Seven out of eight bombing sites were found to lack clear military targets. The report’s author, Fred Abrahams, called on NATO to account for the killings of Libyan civilians.

Fred Abrahams: “We have questions that NATO has not yet answered, and we’re calling for prompt, credible and thorough investigations to understand why these 72 civilians died. And until now, NATO has taken a position of denial. They refuse to acknowledge that civilians died. They refuse to give information about how they died. And they refuse to investigate. And it’s this lack of transparency that’s deeply troubling. And I think it will lead to unnecessary civilian deaths in the future, if NATO refuses to look at what went wrong and make corrections.”

As part of its investigation, Human Rights Watch interviewed survivors of an August 2011 bombing that killed 30 civilians east of the capital Tripoli.

Ali Hamid Gafez: “Why did they bomb me? The NATO forces came to fight in order to protect civilians. Because Libya is under satellite surveillance, it’s right in front of them. They can see everything. So we wonder, how is it possible that they could have bombed us? How could they bomb us?”


~ by wheresthemic on May 15, 2012.

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