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HRC 39 - EU Intervention: Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner oral update on Libya

Geneva, 26/09/2018 - 12:00, UNIQUE ID: 180926_26
Statements on behalf of the EU

39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 10 - 28 September 2018 EU Intervention: Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner oral update on Libya

Thank you, Mr President,

The EU would like to thank the High Commissioner for her update and the continued focus of her Office on the human rights situation in Libya.

In this regard, we welcome the recently adopted Security Council resolution that renewed the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya.  UNSMIL’s human rights monitoring and reporting component remains critical at a time when human rights violations and abuses continue.

We would also like to underline the importance of Special Representative Ghassan Salamé efforts to facilitate a political solution in Libya and encourage all sides to engage meaningfully in dialogue.

We remain deeply concerned by continuing human rights violations and abuses being committed with impunity across Libya.  Recent clashes in Tripoli have seen the use of indiscriminate attacks in residential areas, costing the lives of a number of civilians. The EU supports the UN Security Council’s call for all parties to exercise restraint, protect civilians and engage in meaningful dialogue.

We are also gravely concerned by the treatment and summary execution of detained combatants.

More must be done to hold those to account who violate or abuse international human rights law. We are deeply worried by reports on abduction, torture and killing of journalists. More must also be done to help build the institutions necessary to promote peace, security, justice and reconciliation.

We are also concerned by the deplorable situation of the great number of internally displaced persons in Libya and call upon all sides to guarantee the right to return to their homes. We are worried about the deteriorated humanitarian situation in Derna where violence against civilians has to stop.

We also express deep concern about the appalling situation of migrants and refugees in Libya, who are facing gross human rights violations and abuses, both in and outside of detention centres. Human traffickers should be brought to justice. We call upon the Libyan authorities to implement existing commitments to improve the human rights situation and to establish an adequate legal protection in accordance with Libya’s international obligations. Detention centres where migrants are held under poor conditions should be closed. We fully support the important work of IOM and UNCHR in Libya

Madame High Commissioner,

We would like to ask for your views on what further steps this Council and the international community should do to specifically support efforts to ensure accountability for human rights violations and abuses?  We would also appreciate an update on your Office’s efforts to prevent impunity and ensure full individual accountability for perpetrators of violations and abuses in Libya, as foreseen in the March Human Rights Council resolution.

Thank you.


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