Human Rights Watch is calling for an investigation into the
apparent summary executions and torture of fighters allied to the
internationally recognised government in Tripoli.
In its latest news
release, the US-based rights watchdog says it has seen evidence in videos
posted on social media of these alleged crimes committed by forces loyal to the rogue General Khalifa Haftar when they were engaged in battles in the
capital, Tripoli, last month.
His forces have since pulled back after more than a
year of attempting to take over the capital.
It is not unusual for fighters on either side of Libya’s
ongoing conflict to post apparent incriminating evidence on social media
In its latest findings, HRW cites videos and a
photograph posted on Facebook showing men allegedly affiliated with the Gen Haftar hitting an incapacitated individual in Tripoli’s Ain
His abusers were identified as being from battalion 646 by HRW and they accused their victim of being a foreign mercenary
fighting for the government’s forces.
The same man is then blindfolded and led
down a staircase and the owner of the social media page claimed he was later
In another video a man lying in a pool of blood is circled by
three men wearing army fatigues – the corpse is shaken and called a "cadaver" and a "dog".
HRW is calling on the commander of these forces to
investigate the alleged crimes.
A letter sent by the rights group to
Gen Haftar last month, about both these incidents, went unanswered.
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