DePaul professor heads UN investigation of human rights abuses in Libyan war

June 23, 2011

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Libyan-American women marched in solidarity with Eman Al-Obaidi, who was allegedly raped by armed men of the Qaddafi regime.

The Libyan government has repeatedly denied allegations that Colonel Muammar Qaddafi has ordered soldiers to systematically rape women who support the rebel movement.  Cherif Bassiouni is a human rights law pioneer who has worked for the United Nations on investigations looking into war crimes in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. The UN recently tapped him to investigate human rights violations in Libya. His commission's report, released earlier this month, examined allegations of sexual violence, disappearances and NATO bombings of civilians. He tells about what his investigation has revealed.