Libya Inquiry Commission

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Libya Inquiry Commission

The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Libya Inquiry Commission is ramping up its investigative efforts under the chairmanship of Professor Cherif Bassiouni. Professor Bassiouni was also instrumental in the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as part of the Commission of Experts that insured in 1993 that the first international criminal tribunal envisioned by UN (Nuremberg was established by victors of WWII)became a reality rather than empty promise.

The United Nations (UN) children's agency (UNICE) reported snipers are targeting children in the besieged rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata.

UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told reporters today (8 Apr) in Geneva that there have been "consistent stories of sniper fire hitting children in Misrata."

The UN has warned of a dire situation in the rebels' last major foothold in the Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi-controlled western half of Libya. It says hundreds of people in Misrata have been killed and wounded and that residents are running short of water, food and medicine.

A World Food Programme humanitarian vessel carrying life-saving food, medical supplies, doctors and other relief items finally reached Misrata port yesterday (7 Apr), opening up a new humanitarian lifeline to civilians trapped in the Libyan conflict.

Meanwhile in Geneva today (8 Apr), the Human Rights Council appointed three high level experts to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya. The experts are Cherif Bassiouni, Asma Khader and Philippe Kirsch.

The Commission’s mandate is “to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya, to establish the facts and circumstances of such violations and of the crimes perpetrated, and, where possible identify those responsible to make recommendations, in particular, on accountability measures, all with a view to ensuring that those individuals responsible are held accountable.”

The Commission is due to report to the Council at its next session in June.


Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts

Mr. Cherif Bassiouni, Chair Libya Inquiry Commission:
“The resolution which I'm sure you can have access to basically provides for a mandate that relates to human rights violations in Libya. It does not specify what Human Rights violations, therefore it is all Human Rights violations and it applies to any one or any party that may engage in those violations."
7. Cutaway, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Mr. Cherif Bassiouni, Chair Libya Inquiry Commission:
“We have not met with representatives of the ad hoc council or the ad hoc authorities. We have contacted them through UN representatives particularly the UN representative in Cairo. They know of our arrival and they're willing to cooperate with us."
9. Cutaway, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Cherif Bassiouni, Chair Libya Inquiry Commission:
“We will talk to everybody. We will be visiting hospitals, we will be talking to people who are injured. We will go to prisons, we’ll talk to people who are in prison. We’ll talk to combatants, to civilians. Any available source of information will be addressed in so far as our physical capabilities go."
7. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

The United Nations (UN) children's agency (UNICE) reported snipers are targeting children in the besieged rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata.

UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told reporters today (8 Apr) in Geneva that there have been "consistent stories of sniper fire hitting children in Misrata."

The UN has warned of a dire situation in the rebels' last major foothold in the Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi-controlled western half of Libya. It says hundreds of people in Misrata have been killed and wounded and that residents are running short of water, food and medicine.

A World Food Programme humanitarian vessel carrying life-saving food, medical supplies, doctors and other relief items finally reached Misrata port yesterday (7 Apr), opening up a new humanitarian lifeline to civilians trapped in the Libyan conflict.

Meanwhile in Geneva today (8 Apr), the Human Rights Council appointed three high level experts to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya. The experts are Cherif Bassiouni, Asma Khader and Philippe Kirsch.

The Commission’s mandate is “to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya, to establish the facts and circumstances of such violations and of the crimes perpetrated, and, where possible identify those responsible to make recommendations, in particular, on accountability measures, all with a view to ensuring that those individuals responsible are held accountable.”

Details

Language: English

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 2:30 mins.

Country: Libya

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Directors:

  • Muhamed Sacirbey UNTV-UNHRC

Producers:

  • Susan Sacirbey