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Land of Blue HelmetsThe United Nations and the Arab World$
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Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286931

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286931.001.0001

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Libya: A UN Resolution and NATO’s Failure to Protect

Libya: A UN Resolution and NATO’s Failure to Protect

(p.212) Nine Libya: A UN Resolution and NATO’s Failure to Protect
Land of Blue Helmets

Jeff Bachman

University of California Press

This chapter examines whether the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) intervention in Libya was predicated on an “ulterior motive exemption” that actually put civilians at greater risk and violated international law. On February 25, 2011, the United Nations Security Council held its first formal meeting on the situation in Libya. The following day, the Council adopted Resolution 1970, which referred to “widespread and systematic attacks…against the civilian population” that may constitute crimes against humanity. Resolution 1973 was adopted to authorize member states “through regional organizations or arrangements…to take all necessary measures…to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.” This chapter considers NATO's violations of international humanitarian law and its complicity in crimes committed by the rebels in Libya during the civil war, including their summary execution of Muammar Qaddafi.

Keywords:   civil war, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Libya, ulterior motive exemption, civilians, United Nations, Security Council, crimes against humanity, international humanitarian law, Muammar Qaddafi

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