- Ben Hargreaves
- Saint Paul, MN
- United States
Finding a job,
Does the UN Security Council Resolution 1970 provide immunity to mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime?
There is an article posted by The Telegraph that asserts that the mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime in Libya will be immune to prosecution in the ICC due to the concession demanded by the United States in Resolution 1970.
UN Resolution 1970 was the UN Security Council's response to the reported atrocities in Libya. In order to issue the resolution, the US needed to agree to it, and demanded an exception to the ICC's jurisdiction in return for the US's support. I ask for clarification because in discussions elsewhere (read: reddit), the false notion of mercenary immunity is holding sway.
I am by no means an expert on international law or global relations, so I'm seeking the understanding of those that are. I would like to conclusively refute the false claims posted on The Telegraph.
The article in question: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8350968/Libya-African-mercenaries-immune-from-prosecution-for-war-crimes.html
Full text of Resolution 1970: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/sc10187.doc.htm