Amnesty International welcomes the Fact-finding mission to investigate crimes to end impunity in Libya

ACJ – Libya

22/06/2020

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has today passed a resolution to establish a fact-finding mission to investigate violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law committed by all parties to the conflict in Libya. The mission also has a mandate to preserve evidence with a view to ensuring that perpetrators of such violations are held accountable. Responding to the resolution, Heba Morayef, MENA Regional Director at Amnesty International said:

We welcome the establishment of the fact-finding mission as an important and long overdue step” towards ending the rampant impunity that has for years fuelled by the horrific crimes committed in Libya Heba Morayef”

Background

Amnesty International has documented acts of retributive violence and use of banned anti-personnel landmines over the past months. Amnesty International also found that several countries, including Turkey Russia and the UAE have continued to violate the UN established arms embargo by supplying their respective allies with weapons and fighters.

Most recently, news emerged about the discovery of eight mass graves in Tarhuna and surrounding areas. Meanwhile and despite the pandemic, the fighting in Libya has further weakened Libya’s overstretched healthcare system, while vulnerable groups continue to face discrimination in access to healthcare. Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees remain stuck in Libya, where many are held in detention centres subject to abhorrent conditions, and face serious abuses including torture and rape, as well as overcrowding, while their lives remain at risk due to the conflict.

Since April 2019, an escalation of fighting in Libya has left hundreds of civilian dead or injured and tens of thousands displaced due to indiscriminate shelling of civilian neighbourhoods and other violations of international humanitarian law.

Source : Amnesty International

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