The Libyan deputy ambassador to the U.N., Ibrahim Dabbashi, has stated in an interview with the BBC that genocide is occurring in Libya. Dabbashi spoke about the protests against the government and the violence being perpetrated against non-state actors by the government. Dabbashi urged the international community to establish a safe passage for medical supplies to get to Libya and for the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to start investigating the crimes against humanity being committed by Gaddafi against his own people.
[Update: the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide (Francis Deng) and Responsibility to Protect (Edward Luck) issued a statement saying they were “alarmed by the reports of mass violence coming from the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.” They continued: “If the reported nature and scale of such attacks are confirmed, they may well constitute crimes against humanity, for which national authorities should be held accountable.”]
A mobile military court in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo investigating a case of mass rape has sentenced Lt Col Kibibi Mutware to 20 years in jail. He was found guilty of crimes against humanity for sending his troops to rape, beat up and loot from the population of Fizi on New Year’s Day, BBC News reported. The IntLawGrrls Blog commented: “If other crimes could be prosecuted as seriously as gender crimes, genuine progress on respecting the rule of law, maintaining order, and creating stability and prosperity is not only possible, but probable.”
Fresh clashes have erupted between supporters of Côte d’Ivoire’s rival presidents as the presidents of Chad, Mauritania, South Africa and Tanzania arrived to launch a new bid to break the impasse AllAfrica has reported. The U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect commented in January on the dire situation in Côte d’Ivoire.