Libya-International Criminal Court?
UN Human Rights Commissioner's Office, North Africa & Middle East section, addresses the ongoing Libyan protests and apparent brutality of civilians by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's government.
It is possible, perhaps more probable that the matter may be referred to the ICC (International Criminal Court) for potential prosecution by the ICC.
Also Read our Report on UN Security Council engagement regarding Libya: Libyan Diplomats Accuse Their Own Government of War Crimes & Call for UN Security Council to Act, by Ambassador mo - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/libyan-diplomats-accuse-their-own-government-of-war-crimes-call-for-un-security-council-to-act-by-ambassador-mo/24921
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
(English) Frej Fenniche, Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“We are aware of a number of human rights activists and journalists arrested. Nobody knows where they are. Nobody knows the whereabouts of these people so it's clear that many human rights defenders and journalists are arrested and we don't know if they are alive or not.”
4. Cutaway, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Frej Fenniche, Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Concerning crimes against humanity, the High Commissioner thinks that this type of systematic attack against the civilian population could be considered a crime against humanity. Now it's not up to the High Commissioner to say if they are or are not, it's up to bodies such as national, regional or international courts to determine that and apply the appropriate laws.”
6. Cutaway, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Frej Fenniche, Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“When you have this large number of victims and attacks on civilian populations, this according to the ICC, on the definition of crimes against humanity may be considered as crimes against humanity, because these protestors are peaceful first, without any protection and the use of force is disproportionate.”
8. Med shot, cameraman
United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for the immediate cessation of the grave human rights violations committed by Libyan authorities and for an independent international investigation into the violent suppression of protests in the country.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Pillay described the shooting of live rounds of ammunition at protestors as unconscionable.
At a press conference in Geneva, Frej Fenniche, the chief of the Middle East section in Pillay's office said a number of human rights activists and journalists had been arrested in Libya.
"Nobody knows where they are". We don't know if they are alive or not." Fenniche said.
Asked by UNTV to elaborate on the question of crimes against humanity, Fenniche said that according to the definition of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the disproportionate use of force against peaceful civilian protestors, without any protection resulting in a large number of victims may be considered a crime against humanity. It was to the relevant judicial bodies to determine this and take appropriate legal action.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 2 mins
Country: United Nations
- Muhamed Sacirbey, UNTV
- Susan Sacirbey