At considerable risk to their own lives, Amnesty International investigators continue to compile human rights reports on the carnage inside Misrata, the city that has been besieged by Gaddafi forces for months, although shelling has finally tapered off considerably at this point. Below is their latest video report. The Libyan investigative team found, as also documented in an earlier written report, widespread evidence of indiscriminate shelling and sniper attacks against the civilian population, including with cluster bombs and anti-personnel mines, as well as multiple disappearances of civilians, particularly of male members of families, by Gaddafi forces.
The team also found a number of abuses against captured Gaddafi soldiers by rebel forces, particularly black soldiers as well as black migrants accused of being mercenaries, including some lynchings by angry vigilante mobs. Amnesty International has recommended that pressure be brought upon the National Transitional Council, the interim rebel government, to put a stop to these practices. Fortunately, the Council has already replied, issuing treatment of prisoner guidelines in accordance with the Geneva Conventions to their forces in the field, as noted in this article. No such commitment from the Libyan government, however, has been forthcoming as of yet, government statesmen denying that there have been any abuses on their part at all.
Following is the video report: