Patience and perseverance are the keys to success.
Three years after the ethnic cleansing of their town and the genocide on the families of Tawergha, the Libyan government and Misrata militia still won't let them go home.
Despite the inflamed outrage the various aid organizations air in their reports on the gross human rights violations agains the people of Tawergha and the many promises the new regime of Libya has made to improve their situation, they have not been able to provide these people with security and justice.
After they first massacred and evicted the people of Tawergha, it now appears that due to the unwillingness of residents of Misrata it is impossible for them to return home. Their situation continues to remain as hopeless as two years ago when they were abused as scapegoats for the crimes Qaddafi committed by the same people from Misrata. 30 to 40,000 children, women and elderly people are currently living in appalling conditions in refugee camps across Libya.
The first objective of the people of Tawergha and this foundation is to advance the safe return of the people to their village.
The first step excercising the action plan for this primary core objective is to use and build up pressure on key figures within the various bodies or companies with decisive influence or power to change this situation. Parallel to this action we will build and provide a victims and perpetrators database for the gathering of information and evidence on crimes commited against the people of Tawergha so that we can hand the facts over to the ICC and at the same time use this information for an indictment against the perpetrators of Misrata as they represent the major obstacle to the return of the population. We will keep you updated about the actions, progress and milestones we have achieved in the section below.
HRW have today called for the Libyan government to take “urgent steps to stop serious and ongoing human rights violations against inhabitants of the town of Tawergha,” and stated that the “forced displacement of roughly 40,000 people, arbitrary detentions, torture, and killings are widespread, systematic, and sufficiently organized to be crimes against humanity.
Human Rights Investigations has been following the situation of the Tawergha closely and here we draw the information together and find, based on the reports of witnesses, journalists and human rights workers, the situation of the Tawergha is not just one of ethnic cleansing but, according to the legal definition, genocide.