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UN Human Rights Council reviews Libya’s human rights record

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By: Committee for Justice (CFJ), Geneva, November 6, 2020

The UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will review, for the third time, Libya’s human rights record on Wednesday, 11 November 2020 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

The media center of the Council stated that the meeting will be held in the Assembly Hall, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, noting that due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held using a combination of in-person and remote participation, and that the media is encouraged to follow the proceedings on webcast.

The Libyan delegation will be headed by Libya’s Minister of Justice Mohamed Lamloum, while the three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (troika) for the review of Libya are: the Czech Republic, Italy and Namibia.

Libya is one of 14 countries whose record will be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its session, which is held between 2 to 13 November. The first and second UPR reviews for Libya were conducted in November 2010 and May 2015, respectively.

The UPR is based on reviewing several documents, including:

  1. The national report: which includes information provided by the State under review
  2. Information included in the reports of human rights experts, groups of independent experts known as “Special Procedures”, human rights treaty bodies, and UN bodies.
  3. Information provided by other stakeholders, including national human rights institutions, regional organizations, and civil society organizations).

It is expected that the UPR working group will adopt the recommendations on Libya on November 13, while allowing the State under review to express its positions on the recommendations presented to it during the review of its file, and to share the recommendations with the media in advance on the same day.

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