Death of a Dictator: Bloody Vengeance in Sirte

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Human Rights Watch, 2012 - 58 pages
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"Death of a Dictator investigates the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, his son Mutassim Gaddafi, and members of the convoy that fled Sirte with them. It presents evidence that Misrata-based militias, after capturing and disarming members of the Gaddafi convoy and bringing them under their total control, brutally beat them before executing dozens. These killings comprise the largest documented execution of detainees committed by anti-Gaddafi forces during the eight-month conflict in Libya. The execution of persons in custody during a conflict is a war crime. One year later, Libyan authorities have neither investigated nor held accountable those who committed these crimes, a failure that undermines efforts by Libya's authorities to ensure the rule of law"--Provided by publisher."This 58-page report details the final hours of Muammar Gaddafi's life and the circumstances under which he was killed. It presents evidence that Misrata-based militias captured and disarmed members of the Gaddafi convoy and, after bringing them under their total control, subjected them to brutal beatings. They then executed at least 66 captured members of the convoy at the nearby Mahari Hotel. The evidence indicates that opposition militias took Gaddafi's wounded son Mutassim from Sirte to Misrata and killed him there. Under the laws of war, the killing of captured combatants is a war crime, and Libyan civilian and military authorities have an obligation to investigate war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law"--Publisher's website.

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