GENEVA (22 February 2011) – “Power cannot be sustained by killing people,” said Tuesday a group of UN human rights experts*, who warned the Government of Libya that the gross violations of human rights committed in the past few days could amount to “crimes against humanity.”

“The situation in Libya is quickly spilling out of control with the Government targeting the very people it has been mandated to serve,” the independent experts said. “Adopting tactics such as the use of live ammunition to crush dissent is unacceptable.”

“Such acts cannot go unpunished,” stressed the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution, Christof Heyns. “By engaging in a massacre of its own people, the Government of Libya is guilty of committing gross violations of human rights which could amount to crimes against humanity.” (more…)

GENEVA (Friday 18 February 2011) – A group of UN human rights experts* urged Friday the Governments of Bahrain and Libya to guarantee the right to peaceful protest and immediately cease the use of excessive and lethal force.

“We are alarmed and shocked by the number of peaceful protesters who have been injured or killed in both countries during the violent crackdown by the authorities,” stated the experts.

Reports indicate that seven protesters have died in Bahrain in the past few days and at least 24 in Libya, with some sources reporting up to 50 deaths, as well as hundreds of people injured as a result of disproportionate and lethal force. (more…)

6 February 2011, Buea – Du 1er au 7 février 2011, une délégation de la Commission Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples (Commission africaine) a effectué une visite de promotion au Cameroun sur demande du Gouvernement Camerounais. La délégation de la Commission africaine était composée de S.E. Reine Alapini-Gansou, Présidente de la Commission africaine, l’Honorable Commissaire Lucy Asuagbor, Rapporteur Spécial sur les défenseurs des droits de l’homme en Afrique, et M Bikanda Joseph juriste au Secrétariat de la Commission africaine. (more…)

Brussels, 4 February 2011 – A 045/11 – The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:

“The High Representative is deeply concerned about incoming reports on the increasing number of attacks and arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Egypt. She calls for their immediate and unconditional release by the Egyptian authorities.

The intimidation, harassment and detention of journalists and human rights defenders is completely unacceptable. Human rights and freedom of speech are fundamental values and need to be respected. Journalists and human rights defenders must be allowed to do their jobs.”