Libya Aftermath

Patrick Hayes, a reporter for the online magazine Spiked, tells RT that the inability of the NTC to control the situation in Libya was only to be expected. The NTC leadership was essentially chosen by the West and imposed on a situation of turmoil. Hayes make the point that the West, having trumpeted their Intervention as a success will try to ignore the mess as long as possible.

The Intervention far from preventing human rights abuses has resulted in a dramatic rise in human rights abuses that has now led to medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres withdrawing from Libya.

Libyan militias are holding 8,000 people in secret detention centres, while the interim government struggles to assert authority, the UN Security Council has heard.

UN officials said recent violence in Tripoli, Bani Walid and Benghazi highlighted the problem.

Meanwhile, the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has suspended some operations because its says its work was being “exploited”.

The humanitarian medical organisation said that at some detention centres in the north-western city of Misrata patients were being brought in for care between interrogation sessions.

Speaking to the BBC, Christopher Stokes from MSF described the situation as “completely unacceptable”.

Source: BBC News

The mainstream media are making an attempt to present the current situation as a ‘return to the barbarism of Gaddafi‘ without giving giving details of Gaddafi’s crimes.

Dan Glazebrook talking to RT tries to correct this perception by pointing out that Libya has had a relatively good human rights record in the five years preceding the intervention: has an article supporting Glazebrook’s contention with regard to human rights under Gaddafi, arguing that:

Before NATO and the U.S. started bombing Libya, the United Nations was preparing to bestow an award on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and the Libyan Jamahiriya, for its achievements in the area of human rights. That’s right–the same man, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, that NATO and the United States have been telling us for months is a “brutal dictator,” was set to be given an award for his human rights record in Libya. How strange it is that the United Nations was set to bestow a human rights award on a “brutal dictator,” at the end of March.


I have not read the UN Document cited by but plan to do so.

Additional Notes:

Glazebrook refers to killing by the UK police in 2011. I googled a name he mentioned and found this Daily Mail article:

Portia Walker has written a number of articles on Libya. They present an informative account of the conflict though there seems to be a persistent anti-Gaddafi bias.