The United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed on Monday the release of Saadi Gaddafi and other members of the fallen regime, describing it as a “significant step towards respect for the rule of law and human rights”.
“[It’s] a positive development that can contribute to a rights-based national reconciliation process and further foster national unity,” the U.N. Mission said in a statement.
“In this regard, UNSMIL commends the efforts of the Government of National Unity, the Presidency Council and judicial authorities, and reiterates its calls on Libyan authorities to promptly release thousands of persons who remain arbitrarily detained in facilities across Libya.”
The Libyan government released Gaddafi on Monday in compliance with a legal order following his acquittal by a Libyan court in 2019. The government also stated the release of the 47-year-old is part of its “national reconciliation” efforts.