UN rights council extends probe in Libya

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The UN Human Rights Council on Friday extended a probe into alleged violations in Libya, asking investigators to give an update on the situation at the UN body's September session.

The resolution, which was adopted by consensus, also "unequivocally condemns the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Libya" since February.

The UN team of investigators had accused Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime of carrying out systematic attacks on the population, saying it committed war crimes and also crimes against humanity.

While it noted fewer reports of violations by the opposition, the commission of inquiry set up by the UN Human Rights Council also found that rebel forces committed acts that constituted war crimes.

However, as the inquiry team was able to visit Libya only for a short period, it had sought an extension of its mandate.

© 2011 AFP

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