October 27, 2021

ICC Prosecutor says Court has an important role to play in Libya

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International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council on the situation in Libya. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

International Criminal Court prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on 8 May 2017, informed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that reports indicate that the country is at risk of returning to widespread conflict.  Such an outcome would not bode well for the rule of law in Libya, and will surely aggravate a climate of impunity, which

The ICC prosecutor was addressing the Council on the situation in Libya.

“Such an outcome would not bode well for the rule of law in Libya, and will surely aggravate a climate of impunity, which could in turn lead to widespread human rights
libyaabuses and violations of international humanitarian law,” she said, adding “As is often the case, it is ordinary citizens – innocent men, women and children – who bear the brunt of the suffering caused by this state of insecurity.”

She said  ‘it is in this context that the International Criminal Court now, more than ever, has an important role to play in Libya’.

According to Amnesty International,  “continuing rise in abductions at the hands of militias highlights how the absence of the rule of law in Libya is fuelling chaos and lawlessness and leaving civilians in the country living in fear“.

Among the latest victims to go missing is Tripoli University professor Dr. Salem Mohamed Beitelmal, who was abducted over two weeks ago not far from his home in the area of Siyyad on the outskirts of Tripoli.

AI says his whereabouts remain unknown and his family have had no contact with him since his abduction.

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