Libyan regime and opposition committed 'war crimes': UN

Both Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime and opposition forces have committed war crimes in their conflict, a commission of inquiry set up by the UN Human Rights Council said Wednesday.

"In accordance with its mandate to look also at crimes committed in Libya, the commission has ... reached the conclusion that crimes against humanity and war crimes have been committed by the government forces of Libya," said the commission in a statement.

"The commission received fewer reports of facts which would amount to the commission of international crimes by opposition forces, however did find some acts which would constitute war crimes," it added.

The 47-member UN Human Rights Council set up the investigation into suspected crimes against humanity in February after Kadhafi's regime dispatched Libya's army and air force to fire on civilians.

Led by former UN war crimes investigator Cherif Bassiouni of Egypt, the panel of investigators also includes Jordanian lawyer Asma Khader and Canadian Philippe Kirsch, a former judge and president of the International Criminal Court.

[Source: Agence France Press, Geneva, 01Jun11]

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