Libyan families sue Haftar and UAE in the US – Orient Monitor


February 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM

Libyan families whose relatives were killed or injured during the Libyan crisis have filed lawsuits with the Washington DC District Court against the United Arab Emirates and its ally, retired quarterback Khalifa Haftar.

The Transnational Group of Commercial Lawyers declared on behalf of six Libyan families, in which it said: “Prosecutors shed light on the serious human rights violations, murders and torture in which the defendants were involved.”

The statement stated that Libyan families demand financial compensation worth US $ 1 billion.

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The statement also indicated that Haftar encouraged and participated in crimes, specifically torture, which is considered a war crime. This inhuman behavior violates the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the constitutions of the United States.

It was mentioned in the statement that the demands included the UAE for supporting Haftar with money and weapons, considering the Emirati government as a partner in war crimes committed in the oil-rich country.

It is noteworthy that Haftar forces continue to violate the truce daily in defiance of the Berlin Conference, held on January 19, which witnessed the participation of 12 countries and four regional and international organizations.

The terms of the final declaration of the Berlin Conference included adherence to the ceasefire decision and the resumption of the political path to address the conflict in Libya, while Haftar forces have launched an offensive since April 4 to control the Libyan capital against his opponent Fayez Al-Sarraj.

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