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ICC says suffering in Libya will continue without arrest of fugitives

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

NEW YORK – The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Friday asked the Security Council to back up its support with effective action, particularly regarding the arrest of outstanding fugitives from justice.

“I look forward to effective support and concrete action from this Council to ensure that our separate yet interlinked mandates can positively contribute to the cause of peace, stability and justice in Libya,” Fatou Bensouda said as she presented her sixteenth report on the issue to the 15-member organ.

She warned that in the absence of accountability, impunity will continue to reign in Libya, causing great suffering and instability. In that context, she said her office continues to monitor criminal conduct carried out by members of armed groups in Libya who use violence to exert control over state institutions, commit serious human rights violations and exploit detainees in unregulated prisons and places of detention throughout the country.

Following the briefing, most Council members expressed support for the Court’s work in Libya under Resolution 1970 (2011), agreeing that ending impunity for grave crimes was necessary to consolidate stability in the troubled country.

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