Before It’s News – by Deborah Dupre
After Libyans gathered outside the UN Headquarters in Cairo on Tuesday to denounce NATO and “rebel” war crimes on the anniversary of the beginning of the U.S.-led aerial bombardment campaign, an international rights group on Wednesday urged the American-supported Libyan government to halt “systematic destruction” of a town whose residents backed their leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Displaced residents once living in the town Tawergha now live in harsh conditions in refugee camps in Tripoli and Benghazi.
Human Rights Watch based its report of abuse on recent satellite images showing “arson and targeted demolitions” of Tawergha to prevent residents from going home, the New York-based group said.
The United States, that illegally kick-started the war on oil-rich Libya through CIA covert operations, and its NATO allies “destroyed the country, displaced millions, slaughtered over 100,000 civilians and left approximately 10,000 political prisoners,” Libyan rights group Viva Libya! says.
Since NATO war crimes began in Libya, that Barack Obama has supported without Congressional debate, vote or approval, arbitrary arrests and detentions continue there.
Viva Libya! says that crime and murder rates are up over 500% there.
“Libya is a land of lawlessness and terror under NATO’s GNC dictatorship,” Viva Libya! says.
“More than 18 months since the end of the conflict that ousted Gadhafi’s regime, Libya is awash with weapons, roaming militias, violence and instability,” ABC News reports.
Such was not the way life was for Libyans before the U.S. and its allies declared war them.
(See: Sixteen things Libyans will never see again)
In response to continued bombing and a new statement by Western leaders, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Stop the War have called an emergency protest at Downing Street on Tuesday 19th April at 5:00 P.M.
Warning: The following photographs out of Libya are graphic and desturbing.