Investigators from the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya (FFM) expressed on Monday dissatisfaction with the country’s response to human right violations.
In a statement released after the mission concluded its latest visit to Libya last Sunday, the UN panel said, during their visit, they have heard testimony from “victims’ relatives of extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, human trafficking, internal displacement, the existence of mass burial sites and morgues containing corpses that families cannot access.”
“The families of these victims have waited far too long for justice,” said Mohammad Auajjar, Chair of the FFM, which also includes fellow independent human rights experts, Tracy Robinson and Chaloka Beyani. “Libyan authorities owe it to them to share information about their loved ones, to meet them and give them answers. Silence is unacceptable.”
“We, too, have asked repeatedly for answers to the status of multiple investigations concerning serious human rights violations, but to date there has been no satisfactory response,” Mr. Auajjar added.
Tracy Robinson maintained that the State’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law “have not produced justice for the victims and their families”.
The Fact-Finding Mission was established by the Human Rights Council in June 2020 with a mandate to investigate alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law committed in Libya since 2016.
🇱🇾#LIBYA “The families of these victims have waited far too long justice,” Mohammad Auajjar, chair of the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission for Libya, said after hearing testimony of serious #humanrights violations in #Tripoli last week. Full Statement➡️ https://t.co/z19XDcrgmD pic.twitter.com/4h9CxiXNet
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