Humanitarian crisis in Libya

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African Union Accuse Libyan Rebels of Killing Blacks Indiscriminately: here.

NATO has blatantly overstepped its UN resolution mandate in Libya by engaging in offensive military support to the Libyan rebels beyond the UN mandate, said a Ugandan commentary on Saturday: here.

Tripoli is on the brink of a severe humanitarian crisis, its 2 million residents facing a lack of water, electricity, food and medical care while fighting continues in parts of the capital and elsewhere in Libya: here.

The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has come under heavy attack following the conquest of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, by NATO-backed rebels. The German media and politicians have leveled harsh criticisms against him because Germany did not participate in the rape of the Mediterranean country and there is now a danger that Germany may come away empty-handed when the spoils are divided: here.

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  1. AU head: Libya rebels may be killing black workers

    By LUC VAN KEMENADE, Associated Press – 16 hours ago

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Libyan rebels may be indiscriminately killing black people because they have confused innocent migrant workers with mercenaries, the chairman of the African Union said, citing the fears as one reason the continental body has not recognized opposition forces as Libya’s interim government.

    “NTC seems to confuse black people with mercenaries,” AU chairman Jean Ping said Monday, referring to the rebels’ National Transitional Council. “All blacks are mercenaries. If you do that, it means (that the) one-third of the population of Libya, which is black, is also mercenaries. They are killing people, normal workers, mistreating them.”

    He added: “Maybe it’s looters, uncontrolled forces. But then the government should say something, condemn this. We want to see a signal that the African workers that are there, they should be evacuated.”

    Ping’s comments follow concerns from international rights groups about beatings and detentions of immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa.

    “I really fear vigilante justice and retribution and attacks by civilians against other civilians,” said Richard Sollom, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights, who is back from a June fact-finding mission in Misrata, Libya.

    Sollom said Monday that his Boston-based group knew of about 500 Darfuris “who are desperately trying to get out of Libya. They have no money, they are basically homeless because they are from Darfur, and they very much fear for their lives because of the color of their skin.”

    Guest workers from Sudan, Chad, Darfur and other sub-Saharan African locales have been targeted in part because Gadhafi did hire foreign African mercenaries, Sollom said.

    New York-based Human Rights Watch said Sunday that the evidence it has collected so far “strongly suggests that (Moammar Gadhafi’s) government forces went on a spate of arbitrary killing as Tripoli was falling.”

    So far, there have been no specific allegations of atrocities carried out by rebel fighters, though human rights groups are continuing to investigate some unsolved cases.

    Reporters for The Associated Press have witnessed several episodes of rebels mistreating detainees or sub-Saharan Africans suspected of being hired Gadhafi guns, including an incident where about a dozen black men were detained and some were punched.

    Council spokesman Abdel-Hafiz Ghoga denied Ping’s claims that rebels were responsible for such killings.

    “These allegations have been made during the early days of the revolution,” he said. “This never took place.”

    He added: “If happened, it will be the Gadhafi forces. Until now, we keeping finding mass graves of the newly liberated cities.”

    Libyan rebels appear to have secured the capital after a week of fierce fighting with loyalists to Gadhafi.

    “It is over. The NTC took power … they won,” Ping said. “And now it is time for both sides to stop all the killing.”

    The AU has so far refused to recognize the council, although some of its member states, including Nigeria and Ethiopia, have done so. The United Nations has urged the AU to “encourage Libya’s new leadership” and help unlock billions of dollars in frozen assets that the Libyan rebels say they urgently need to provide social services.

    But many African nations have long-held ties with Gadhafi and the AU has had difficulties taking a unanimous position on Libya.

    Ping also called for an immediate cease-fire and the formation of a coalition government that reflected the diversity of Libya. He said the world had ignored the AU’s suggestions about Libya’s crisis but that their roadmap — which calls for a cease-fire but not for Gadhafi to step down — was still relevant.

    Ping said some of the Libyan rebel leaders insulted African countries by saying they have favored Gadhafi.

    “The (rebels’) attitude has been negative all along. I went to Benghazi. We have treated them equally,” he said.

    Ping said the AU will work with the U.N. and any other partners, including NATO, to find a political solution for Libya that leads to democracy.

    Associated Press writer Maggie Michael contributed to this report from Cairo, and Associated Press writer Peter James Spielmann contributed from New York.

    Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


  2. Membe summons Libya envoy over rebel flag

    By The Guardian reporter

    30th August 2011

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation yesterday summoned Libyan Ambassador to Tanzania, Prof Ahmed El Ash’ab, for raising the rebel National Transition Council (NTC) flag without prior consultations.

    The envoy was seen at the Foreign Ministry’s office with minister Membe, indicating that the minister had fulfilled his promise he made before journalists on Sunday that he would summon the ambassador to explain why he had raised the flag of a rebel government without notifying his hosts.

    No details were available yesterday over the meeting between the envoy and the minister.

    The minister said on Sunday that he was aware that the embassy had raised the flag of the Libyan rebels.

    “It’s wrong. There are rules and regulations to follow for the government to recognise the existing government. They have not followed them,” said Membe.

    The minister also said that Tanzania would not recognise the Libyan transitional government formed by the rebels until its true architects were known and the government was satisfied that ordinary Libyans were fully involved in its formation.

    “We in Tanzania will not recognise the transitional government led by the rebels, until we are sure of the participation of Libyans in its formation and the officials leading it,” Membe maintained.

    He said out of 54 African states only 14 have recognised the transitional government.

    “TNC has not been able to convince Tanzania to recognise the government. We are not ready to make hasty decisions over something we hardly know,” said Membe.

    “We do not know who the members of the rebel movement are, how many they are and whether they are Libyans or foreigners,” he stressed.

    Membe said Tanzania would recognise the new Libyan government only if all stakeholders of the country, including citizens and all political parties, participate in the formation of the transitional government, which would prepare for elections.

    Some of the countries that have already recognised the rebel-led Libyan transitional government are Kenya, Rwanda, Gabon, Nigeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Senegal, Burkinafaso and Botswana.

    Membe also said Tanzania joins AU in calling on the three sides in the Libyan conflict, namely NATO, Col. Gaddafi’s army and the rebels to end the fighting so as to save the lives of people in Libya and give the country a chance to form its own government.

    He added that Tanzania and AU had agreed that Gaddafi’s leadership in Libya had come to an end, and that what was urgently needed was to ensure that the country returned to normality as soon as possible.


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