The U.N.'s top human rights official says there are reports of mass killings of thousands in Libya that should spur the international community to "step in vigorously" to end the crackdown against anti-government protesters in the North African country.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she supports a plan to establish an independent panel to investigate the alleged abuses by Libyan security forces and hold those responsible to accunt.
She says there are reports that thousands of civilians have been killed or injured.
In a speech Friday at an emergency meeting of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council Friday, Pillay said the 47-nation body should use "all means possible" to compel Libya to end the crackdown.
The UN human rights chief said before that a violent crackdown of peaceful demonstrators in Libya is "escalating alarmingly", and that some sources indicate that thousands may have been killed or injured.
"In brazen and continuing breach of international law, the crackdown in Libya of peaceful demonstrations is escalating alarmingly with reported mass killings, arbitrary arrests, detention and torture of protestors," said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"According to some sources, thousands may have been killed or injured," she said at the opening of the Human Rights Council special session called amid the deadly repression in Libya.