Human Rights Watch yesterday upped their estimated death toll to at least 233, based on conversations they had with staff at two hospitals in Benghazi. They were unable to contact two other hospitals in the area so the number is a conservative estimate (The figure does not include the estimated death toll in Tripoli last night).
“A potential human rights catastrophe is unfolding in Libya as protesters brave live gunfire and death for a third day running,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Libya is trying to impose an information blackout, but it can’t hide a massacre.”
Human Rights Watch calls on the African Union, the European Union, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and other governments with ties to Libya to:
- Publicly demand an end to unlawful use of force against peaceful protesters;
- Announce that those responsible for serious violations of international human rights law must be held individually accountable and will be subjected to appropriate measures;
- Impose an embargo on all exports of arms and security equipment to Libya; and
- Tell Libya to restore access to the internet.
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