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Saturday, November 5, 2011

International Criminal Court to investigate NATO for possible Libya war crimes

Chief prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo told the UN that NATO would be investigated as well as rebel actions in addition to Gadaffi's troops for breaches of the laws of war during the battle that overthrew Gadaffi. There have been complaints about NATO bombings as well as actions of rebels brought before the court.

Read more at All Voices.

Also note that NATO was also accused of war crimes in the bombing campaign in Serbia. In 2000, C-Fam reported:

Canadian NGOs charged that NATO conducted "a coward's war," that was nothing short of "all out total war" and "a terrorist war against the Yugoslav people." Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, specifically cites NATO's use of cluster bombs, and also the deliberate targeting of facilities used by civilians. Though an investigation was carried out, Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said there was "no formal inquiry into the actions of NATO during the conflict in Kosovo." 

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