U.S. Congressman Wants Libya Rebels Investigated on “Crimes Against Humanity.”

Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., reacting to reports in The Wall Street Journal has called for an investigation by the International Criminal Court into the reported killings of Black Libyans in the city of Tawergha.

Rep. Jackson (D-IL-2) also tells The Black Star News he will ask that U.S. assistance for reconstruction and transition to democracy in Libya be conditional. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that rebels from Misurata had torched the homes that belonged to the predominantly dark-skinned residents of the city of Tawergha, which is now abandoned.

A Journal reporter witnessed some of the torching and wrote that the words “slaves” and “negroes” were scribbled on the walls of the now emptied homes.

The town’s entire population of 10,000 is gone.

In an earlier news report The Wall Street Journal reported that rebels from the city of Misurata had declared that Tawergha would be “no more” and that the units conducting the attacks was named “The Brigade for Purging Slaves, black Skin.”

Misurata rebels blame residents of Tawergha, which was used by the Libyan army under the government of Muammar al-Quathafi, as staging ground for the siege on Misurata. The Journal has also reported on long-historical feuds, that predate the Libyan civil war, between the “white” residents of Misurata and the predominantly Black ones of Tawergha.

The Wall Street Journal Tuesday also reported that the Transitional National Council’s (TNC) “prime minister” Mahmoud Jibril, referring to the reported atrocities in Tawergha by rebels, said: “Regarding Tawergha my own viewpoint is that nobody has the right to interfere in this matter except the people of Misurata.”

Rep. Jackson took exception to Jibril’s remarks.

“Racism in the form of ethnic cleansing, killing and genocide is wrong anytime, anyplace and against anybody in the world,” Rep. Jackson said, today. “And it appears as though the Rebel leader, Mahmoud Jibril, is using the American idea that the South used to protect the institution of slavery – the 10th Amendment in our Constitution – to say, in essence, ‘it’s a states’ right and local control issue.'”

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3 Responses to U.S. Congressman Wants Libya Rebels Investigated on “Crimes Against Humanity.”

  1. the city of Tawergha, which is now abandoned.

    Brutally cleansed! Through murder, arson, rape…
    We all should write to Rep Jackson Jr to thank him for his efforts for justice, and encourage him!

  2. nandra says:

    Yes, an investigation is necessary – and what will be discovered is that the people in that town fled after Gaddafi fell – because of what some in their town did to ordinary LIbyan civilians in Misrata and they were scared of revenge attacks.

    Some in Tawergha had attacked civilians in Misrata, raping the women and children, and slitting the throats of some..

  3. James says:

    Nandra you don’t seem to have been following the conflict very closely… The ethnic cleansing in Tawerga is a continuation of the disgusting racist policy of the so called ‘rebels’ that has been implemented throughout the Libyan conflict. As early as the 23rd of February (6 days after the start of the uprising) massacres of black migrant workers and Libyans at the hands of ‘rebels’ were being reported.

    ‘One Turkish construction worker told the BBC: “We had 70-80 people from Chad working for our company. They were cut dead with pruning shears and axes’’

    Tawerga is a district of Misrata… Misrata is home to a particularly heinous, racist faction of ‘rebels’ who name themselves ‘The brigade for purging slaves, black skins’

    You may find the following links useful:






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