The U.N.'s main human rights forum has extended the mandate of its expert panel investigating abuses in Libya.

The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned "ongoing gross and systematic human rights violations" in the North African country, some of which it said "may also amount to crimes against humanity."

The 47-member council agreed without a vote Friday to back the resolution that extends the work of three independent human rights experts until the end of the year.

The panel told the Geneva-based council earlier this month government forces have committed crimes against humanity and war crimes in a conflict it estimates has killed between 10,000-15,000 people.

The council welcomed the rebel authority's pledge to investigate alleged abuses by its forces also mentioned in the report.