UN calls for respect for human rights as Libya conflict winds down Alexandra Malatesta at 4:19 PM ET
[JURIST] The United Nations (UN) [official website] called on all parties to the Libyan revolution [JURIST news archive] to maintain respect for human rights [press release] as the conflict winds down in Sirte [BBC backgrounder]. As the interim government forces push through the hometown of former Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative Ian Martin [official profile] urged respect for the due process of law instead of seeking personal avengeance for alleged war crimes and other grave violations. UN officials also expressed concern for civilians who have chosen to remain in Sirte, which is seeing heavy street fighting, and have urged the continuance of medical aid and help by local communities and charities.
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