UK, Italy call for ending impunity in Libya

The British Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita Fresh, welcomed the statement issued by the fact-finding mission on Libya, considering it important to end impunity for human rights violators in Libya.

In her speech to the 49th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Fresh expressed her concern about enforced disappearances and reports of human trafficking, and restrictions on freedom of the media and civil society groups, in addition to the mistreatment of illegal immigrants.

Fresh emphasized her country’s support for the renewal of the mandate of the fact-finding mission in Libya; in order to ensure the continued monitoring of the human rights situation on the ground, considering that the mission’s contribution to transitional justice and reconciliation will remain part of the peace process.

For his part, the Italian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Gian Lorenzo Cornado, expressed his appreciation for the mission’s work, noting his country’s support for the efforts made by its members, expressing his country’s concern about violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Libya, including attacks against civilians and infrastructure as well as acts of intimidation against civilians and political violence.

The Italian diplomat stressed the importance of emphasizing full criminal responsibility for these violations, adding that combating impunity and restoring justice are essential to promoting dialogue and national reconciliation in Libya, calling on all parties in Libya to ensure immediate, free and unhindered access for members of the mission to complete their tasks.

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