June 9, 2011 / 11:16 AM / 9 years ago

Libyan envoy accuses rebels, NATO of war crimes

* Tripoli envoy delivers withering attack at UN rights forum

* Accuses Libyan rebels of cutting throats, cannibalism

GENEVA, June 9 (Reuters) - Libya accused both rebels and NATO forces on Thursday of committing war crimes, while firmly denying a United Nations report which found that its own troops had carried out murders, torture and abductions.

Mustafa A.A. Shaban, a counselor in Libya’s foreign ministry, delivered the attack and defence of the government of Muammar Gaddafi at the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“Cities in the hands of armed gangs suffer terrible violations of human rights and heinous crimes,” Shaban told the Geneva forum. “In Misrata, Libyan and foreign gangs who were arrested confessed to cutting throats and cutting off breasts of live women and even admitted to acts of cannibalism.”

“NATO is violating human rights in Libya tantamount to crimes against humanity, crimes of war and crimes of aggression,” he said in speech. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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