Rights group urges Libya to amend new law

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Posted: May 10, 2012 5:45 PM
Rights group urges Libya to amend new law

An international rights group is urging Libya's national transitional council to amend a new law that protects from protection people who committed crimes under the pretext of "promoting or protecting the revolution."

The law that was passed May 2 stipulates that there is no penalty for "military, security or civil actions" carried out with the goal of defending the revolution that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and his regime.

Human Rights Watch's Middle East deputy director Joe Stork said in a statement Thursday that such a law promotes "a culture of selective justice" and "allows people who committed serious crimes to walk free based on politics."