Libya: ICJ welcomes effort to establish UN Fact-Finding Mission

At the UN Human Rights Council, the ICJ today welcomed a pending resolution that would create an international Fact-Finding Mission on Libya.

The statement read as follows:

“The International Commission of Jurists welcomes the oral update by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation in Libya.

The ICJ is seriously concerned by the escalation of conflict in Libya and the increasing number of violations and abuses of international law including unlawful killings and attacks on civilian objects committed since this session was suspended in March. Just last week, at least eight mass graves were found, mainly in Tarhuna, in which the bodies of women and children were found.

The ICJ welcomes the High Commissioner’s recommendation that the Human Rights Council establish an international investigative body and calls on the Council to adopt the resolution tabled by Libya establishing a Fact-Finding Mission to investigate and preserve evidence of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law committed by all parties in Libya.[1] The ICJ calls on States to ensure the Fact-Finding Mission has at least one full year to complete its work.

As the Berlin Conference conclusions stressed,[2] accountability for gross human rights violations must be a key component of the political process in Libya. States must increase efforts to guarantee accountability remains front and centre in all negotiations on the future of Libya and provide full support including cooperation and resources to the Fact-Finding Mission for Libya once established.”

[1] A/HRC/43/L.40.


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