* Chad says citizens harassed, abused, executed
* Says dozens have known the "sad fate"
N'DJAMENA, April 3 Chad on Sunday called on
coalition forces to protect its citizens in rebel-held areas in
Libya, saying dozens had been accused and executed for allegedly
being mercenaries in the pay Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
When protests against Gaddafi's government led to violence
in February, rebels said Gaddafi had brought in African
mercenaries from countries such as Chad and Zimbabwe to help in
the crackdown after Libyan troops proved unreliable.
"Since the beginning of the Libyan crisis, Chadians in
Libya, especially those in areas controlled by the transitional
national council, have been singled out," a statement from
Chad's government spokesman Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet said.
"Dozens of Chadians have known this sad fate," he said.
The statement said several Chadian nationals had been
arrested, some were "paraded on television as mercenaries and
sometimes executed" despite denials that Libya had recruited any
mercenaries from its southern neighbour.
The government of Chad had said about 300,000 of its
citizens resided in Libya before the crisis.
"The Chadian government is calling on international
coalition forces involved in Libya and international human
rights organisation to stop these abuses against Chadians and
other migrant Africa workers," the statement said.
(Reporting Madjiasra Nako, Writing by Bate Felix)