On 21 March, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) issued a resolution on Libya that once again failed to recognise the essential need to put an end to the ongoing human rights violations in the country. Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) expresses its deepest disappointment with the resolution and its failure to establish a mechanism to investigate the human rights violations and identify the perpetrators of these crimes. By failing to do so, the HRC has not only chosen to ignore its own mandate, but has further failed the Libyan people and their pursuit of justice and a dignified life.
“It is a sad day when the very mechanism established to “protect and promote human rights” chooses to ignore the ongoing and widespread human rights abuses in Libya,” said Marwa Mohamed, LFJL’s Head of Advocacy and Outreach. “The HRC’s hesitation and lack of commitment to take action in favour of accountability in Libya is utterly disappointing,”she added.
LFJL attended the 40th session of the HRC and participated in the side-event “Accountability for crimes under international law in Libya:challenges and prospects” geared towards shedding light on the gravity of the situation in the country when it comes to accountability.
LFJL insists that it is time for member states to take notice of the serious crimes being committed and adopt concrete measures that will prove not only a deterrent to future crimes, but ultimately end the cycle of violence and impunity.
It is imperative for member states to prioritise the restoration of the rule of law and the pursuit of justice through accountability in Libya. As demonstrated by the Commission of Inquiry appointed in Libya in 2012, investigative mechanisms have the power to change dynamics on the ground through the naming and shaming of perpetrators. The international community should focus its efforts on the establishment of such a mechanism.