In a joint letter, Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) along with Libyan, regional and international human rights organisations, call on member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC or the Council) to establish a Commission of Inquiry, or similar mechanism, for Libya.
“This call comes in response to the repeated serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law perpetrated by state and non-state actors in Libya,” said Marwa Mohamed Head of Advocacy and Outreach at LFJL. “Attacks against civilians continue without any prospect of accountability and it is time to bring an end to the prevailing environment of impunity,” she added.
The ongoing disregard for international legal obligations by perpetrators, as well as Libyan authorities’ inability to ensure accountability for such crimes, is a clear indicator of the need for an external body to carry out independent investigations with the purpose of identifying perpetrators with the aim of bringing them to justice.
With the 43rd session of the Council scheduled between February and March 2020, states have an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment towards human rights and the rule of law. We urge member states not to miss this opportunity and to push for the establishment of an independent Commission of Inquiry in order to end impunity in Libya and assist in deterring future violations.