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IRIN Middle East | LIBYA: A protection challenge for the opposition

BENGHAZI, 24 August 2011 (IRIN) – The entry by Libyan opposition fighters into Tripoli clearly marks a turning point for the Libyan opposition after six months of fighting against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s government.

But while the balance of power appears to have shifted decisively in Libya, some observers are raising strong concerns over the protection of civilians as Gaddafi’s successors prepare to take over.

“We fear that those who have suffered under Gaddafi will now seek revenge and that will set Libya off on a downward spiral away from the stated objectives of this uprising, which are: justice, human rights, the rule of law and protected freedoms,” said Human Rights Watch (HRW) adviser Jerry Abrahams.

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