[Marxism] Libya -- report on alleged rebel war crimes from the Independent

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 28 16:43:02 MDT 2011

On 8/28/11 6:21 PM, Joaquín Bustelo wrote:
> Rebels settle scores in Libyan capital
> UN urges restraint as the rebels wreak their revenge on 'loyalists'
> By Kim Sengupta in Tripoli
> Saturday, 27 August 2011
> The killings were pitiless.

It is very bad that such things are happening but comrades should never 
forget that Qaddafi created the environment for racism:

Testimony at the UN

Libya Must End Racism Against Black African Migrants and Others

Agenda item 9:
Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms
of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the
Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

UN Watch Written Statement
UN Human Rights Council 13th Session
16 February 2010

Libya must end its practices of racial discrimination against black 
Africans, particularly its racial persecution of two million black 
African migrant workers. There is substantial evidence of Libya’s 
pattern and practice of racial discrimination against migrant workers. 
In 1998, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial 
Discrimination (CERD) expressed concern about Libya’s alleged “acts of 
discrimination against migrant workers on the basis of their national or 
ethnic origin.”

In 2000, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions issued a 
condemnation of “racist attacks on migrant workers” in Libya.2 Migrant 
workers from Ghana, Cameroon, Sudan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and 
Nigeria were the victims of attacks by Libyans targeting black migrants, 
following a government-ordered crackdown on foreign employment, and 
state-sponsored news reports portraying African migrants as being 
involved in drug-trafficking or dealing in alcohol.

Full statement: 

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