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Saturday, April 21, 2012

UN rights chief said Libya may have committed war crimes
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On April 21, 2011, UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay claimed that the use of violent force against protestors by the Libyan national army may have constituted war crimes after an investigation into possible human rights abuses by both the army and rebel forces within the country. In response to the continuing conflict between forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and the National Transitional Council (NTC) led the UN to impose a no-fly-zone over Libya under Resolution 1973. Gaddafi was ultimately ousted from power and killed in his hometown of Sirte on October 20, 2011.

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Read an overview of the Libyan Conflict in Features.

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