Amnesty International calls for holding Joint Operations Force accountable for extrajudicial killings

Amnesty International accused the Libyan government of failing to hold accountable those responsible for the extrajudicial execution by armed formations in Libya, as the organization indicated in its report what happened to the young man, Al-Tayeb Al-Shariri, who was killed in a street in the city of Misurata last March, by elements of the Joint Operations Force.

In a report on its website, Amnesty International criticized the Libyan government for not bringing the perpetrators to justice, describing the execution of “Al-Shriri” as a shocking event that represents the deadly consequences of impunity for armed groups in Libya.

Amnesty International listed dozens of incidents of extrajudicial executions and extrajudicial detention in Libya, and this time focused on what was attributed to the joint security force, and blamed Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, the Prime Minister of the unity government, who paid about one hundred million Libyan dinars to the joint operation force early this year.

Deputy Director of the Regional Office, Diana El-Tahawy, warned of the danger of impunity enjoyed by armed formations, without punishment for a long time, urging the Libyan government to investigate as quickly and effectively as possible in cases of extrajudicial execution, and to hold the perpetrators of these operations accountable.

The Joint Operations Force was established years ago under the name of the temporary Joint Security Operations Room – Misurata, and reports directly to the Presidency of the Government, while other forces report to the Ministry of the Interior. The Joint Force has an annual budget spent by the government, like other parallel formations, which raised widespread controversy and wars as well as clashes with each other or with the army force, at a time during which the parties to the Libyan conflict and the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission are studying the possibility of integrating the elements of these groups into the regular army.

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