March 19th, 2012
05:40 AM ET

Rights group: NATO failed to investigate airstrike casualties in Libya

A leading human rights organization accused NATO on Monday of failing to investigate civilian deaths caused by its air strikes in Libya that aided in the downfall of Moammar Gadhafi.

In a 20-page report titled "Libya: The Forgotten Victims of NATO Strikes," Amnesty International laid out allegations that NATO and the new Libyan government failed not only to document the deaths but has not paid reparations to the victims and their families.

The report said "scores of Libyan civilians who did not directly participate in hostilities were killed and many more injured as a result of NATO strikes," adding that the 28-member nation alliance has yet to address the incidents in the months since it ended the air campaign.

NATO did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment, though it apparently defended its actions in a letter to Amnesty International.

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  1. minor oversight

    This is just a minor oversight. It's doubtful that the Syrian government's bombing campaign against citizens keeps track of innocent casualties either. Reparations? 5th generation decendants of slaves and indiginous peoples have the reparations market cornered. Get in line.

    March 19, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Talk about apples to oranges, lol...

      March 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |

    Umm... Who cares? A few less terrorists now roam the streets.

    March 19, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    Another "do gooder" group that waves their flag and seeks attention. While it is sad that innocents are killed, anywhere, it is a fact of life. HOW many innocents were killed by their OWN people?

    March 19, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    surely, the libyan people expected collateral damage when they were begging us to do it..

    March 19, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    War is Hell, remember. If they don't want us or like us, just say so and we'll leave...hopefully!

    March 19, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    In war, civilan casualties are considered collateral,just part of the overall picture.Thousands die innocently,in the wrong place,wrong time,etc.Can't go around checking who's civilians,who's combatants,that's impossible for any conflict.Vietnamese were paid for civilian deaths,but it was nearly impossible because some bodies were unidentifiable,even to family members.The tolls of war,its not a game,and it most certainly doesn't discriminate.

    March 19, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    Where is Kadafi?

    March 19, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Well Airstrikes have done that all over. ' Collateral damage' is what we coined to soften the world's perspective to death & destruction. To make it abstract & eliminate the human factor.
    Sure people 'there' have been begging us to kill them and that's why we invaded Iraq @ lee. And we have been obliging 'peoples' since then.

    March 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    We will be hearing about these types of things for years and years to come.
    That is an unfortunate side effect of war, folks.
    Destroy a country, rebuild a country, lather, rinse, repeat.
    I wish we would just get our presence out of the ME completely.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Iraqi Afghan

    Please please please invade us, conquer us, and occupy us for decade. Ty

    March 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Irate Muslim

    Yeah. Pull your troops and see what happens to anything still profiting the invading infidels.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Irate Muslim

    Hay Ahkmed. They pulled the troops. What say we go blow-up that compressor station the Americans builton top of our buzhashi field a few years ago. Nobody is guarding it anymore. Pc. of cake.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Infidel

    Sio what is YOUR answer, IM?

    March 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Answer Man

    There is no "answer". There is however a lesson to be learned. But this lesson is found in The History of Nations, a book neither published nor learned from throughout mankinds struggle to govern himself. We keep doing your *rinse/repeat* thingy just as we are told to do and told to support. The lesson: don't let where you happened to be born determine how you view the world.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Suggestion

    One thing that might go a long way towords ending US involvment in Middle Eastern affairs is if you Christians would stip buying into that "Israel is God's chosen nation" crap your leaders keep shoving down your throats.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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