Libyan Rebels Killing Blacks, Says AU

The African Union says it will not recognize the interim government until the violence against Blacks comes to a halt.

Posted: 08/29/2011 12:56 PM EDT
Filed Under African Union, Libya, racism

Rebel fighters arrest one of Gadhafi's fighters during a search for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Tripoli, Libya, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Fighting was still going on in many parts of the city Friday between the rebels and Gaddafi's loyalists.

The African Union expressed concerns Monday that Libyan rebels may be killing innocent Black people in Libya because of confusion over whether they are hired mercenaries or simply immigrants.

According to the Associated Press, AU Chairman Jean Ping cited this concern as one of the reasons they will not recognize the National Transitional Council as the country's interim government.

"We need clarification because the NTC seems to confuse Black people with mercenaries... They are killing normal workers,” Ping said, calling on both rebels and loyalists to "stop the killing."

After a week of intense fighting between the rebel National Transitional Council and loyalists to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the rebels came out on top and are now looking for international support and recognition for their new government in transition.

Confusion surrounding the misidentification of Blacks in Libya has been a problem since earlier this year when reports claimed that Gadhafi conscripted scores of Black Africans for a mercenary force used to quietly crush dissidents. Since then the Gadhafi government has maintained that the reports were false and the so-called mercenaries were simply immigrants.

(Photo: AP Photo)