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Libya fact-finding mission says human rights violations and impunity impede transition to peace and democracy 

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News briefing 

Translated and edited by: Committee for Justice 

Geneva: March 28, 2022 

The UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya affirmed that the continuation of massive violations of human rights and the culture of impunity prevailing in different parts of Libya impede the transition to peace, democracy and the rule of law. 

In the Mission’s second report, it cited multiple violations affecting the transition to democracy and the integrity of the electoral process, such as; Intimidation and harassment of activists, attacks on the judiciary as the protector of human rights, and mass abuses affecting vulnerable groups including migrants, women, peace activists and detainees.  

The three-person Mission concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that international human rights and humanitarian law are being violated in many of Libya’s secret detention facilities.  

“We have uncovered further evidence that the human rights violations experienced by detainees in Libya are widespread, systematic or both,” said Mohamed Auajjar, the Chair of the Fact-Finding Mission. 

The report concludes with recommendations to end violations, seek accountability, and strengthen Libya’s rule of law institutions through technical support to achieve democracy and the rule of law and accountability. 

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