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Thanks to 'Peter' for originally posting much of this list on the message board, October 20, 2011:

The fact that UN 1973 demanded an immediate ceasefire, with even establishment think tanks like the International Crisis Group saying (pp.28-29) that it was NATO and the NTC, rather than the Gadaffi regime, who were rejecting all such ceasefire attempts out of hand.
http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/Middle%20East%20North%20Africa/North%20Africa/107%20-%20Popular%20Protest%20in%20North%20Africa%20and%20the%20Middle%20East%20V%20-%20Making%20Sense%20of%20Libya.pdf

The fact that there was no mandate for regime change, even though this was clearly Nato’s aim.

The looting, burning and emptying of the villages of al-Awaniya, Rayayinah, Zawiyat al-Bagul and Qawalish by vengeful rebels in July, as documented by Human Rights Watch. http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/07/13/libya-opposition-forces-should-protect-civilians-and-hospitals

The bombing of Libyan state TV by RAF bombers in July, which reportedly killed a number of journalists and was subsequently condemned as a war crime by Reporters Without Borders, UNESCO and the International Federation of Journalists.
http://www.ifj.org/en/articles/ifj-condemns-nato-bombing-at-libyan-television
http://en.rsf.org/libya-nato-attacks-on-national-tv-01-08-2011,40729.html

The countless other civilians killed by NATO bombing raids, as reported by various new agencies and media.

Rebel estimates of 50,000 dead as a result of the war as far back as the end of August. http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE77T3L520110830

The ethnic cleansing of Tawergha, a primarily black town, that was emptied of its population (circa 30,000) by rebels in mid-August, with NATO air support. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8754375/Gaddafis-ghost-town-after-the-loyalists-retreat.html

The reduction of Sirte, previously a town of 100,000 people, to a smoking ruin by a three to four week siege. The siege included daily indiscriminate bombing, the cutting off of water, food, medicine and electricity supplies, the shelling of a hospital, and widespread looting by rebels. Aid agencies described what was happening to the town as 'a humanitarian crisis'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2049108/Libya-wars-stand-Sirte-Pictures-city-shelled-smithereens.html?ito=feeds-newsxml"
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/16/us-libya-sirte-looting-idUSTRE79F2DL20111016
http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL5E7KS6DF20110928?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/01/libyan-rebels-battle-gaddafi-sirte

The massacre of 53 people by anti-Gaddafi fighters at Hotel Mahari in Sirte, as reported by Human Rights Watch. http://www.hrw.org/node/102543

The looting, burning and emptying of Abu Hadi by rebels in early October, as documented by the L.A. Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-libya-fighting-20111006,0,3230775.story

The ongoing torture in NTC detention centres, as documented by both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. http://www.amnesty.org/sites/impact.amnesty.org/files/PUBLIC/mde190362011en.pdf
http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/09/30/libya-cease-arbitrary-arrests-abuse-detainees

The widespread persecution of black Libyans and sub-Saharan Africans by rebel groups in Tripoli, with Human Rights Watch reporting that 'widespread arbitrary arrests and frequent abuse have created a grave sense of fear among the city’s African population'. Amnesty International reported that 'black Libyans and sub-Saharan Africans are at high risk of abuse by anti-Gaddafi forces'.
http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/09/04/libya-stop-arbitrary-arrests-black-africans
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/libya-fears-detainees-held-forces-loyal-ntc-2011-08-30 9
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:50 am
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