UN: Council’s Fact Finding Mission must be renewed to support accountability in Libya

Today, the ICJ and Lawyers for Justice in Libya delivered a statement before the UN Human Rights Council during the interactive dialogue with the Fact Finding Mission on Libya.

The statement reads as follows:

“Mr. President,

The International Commission of Jurists and Lawyers for Justice in Libya remain extremely concerned by the dire human rights situation in Libya. As highlighted by the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) last October, serious human rights violations continue to be committed, including crimes against humanity against Libyans, migrants and refugees throughout the country. The prospects for Libya are even bleaker: renewed armed conflict remains a real possibility, and impunity continues to prevail.

In June 2020, this Council established the FFM to help strengthening accountability in Libya, which is essential to securing enduring stability and peace. The FFM, however, has not been given adequate time or resources to conduct a comprehensive investigation into human rights violations in the country. In October 2021, this Council renewed the FFM’s mandate for a period of nine months only, thus failing to provide the FFM with sufficient additional time to adequately fulfil its mission.

In June 2022, when the FFM’s mandate is due to expire as Libya faces a critical transition process, this Council must commit to supporting accountability efforts in the country, and be resolute in renewing the FFM’s mandate for at least two years. This will allow the FFM to conduct its investigation effectively, without interruption, and will ensure it can fulfil its mandate.

Thank you.”


Massimo Frigo, ICJ UN Representative, e: massimo.frigo(a)icj.org, t: +41797499949


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