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UN establishes fact finding body to investigate human rights abuses in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

GENEVA – The United Nations Human Rights Council established a fact finding body on Monday by to investigate human rights violations by all sides in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today.

The African Group at the Human Rights Council put forward a resolution during the council’s 43rd session asking  Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to immediately dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by all parties to the Libya conflict since the beginning of 2016.

The request also included preserving evidence with a view to ensuring that  those responsible for abuses are held accountable.  The resolution passed by consensus.

“The establishment of a fact finding mission into abuses in Libya is a wake-up call to warlords and armed groups that they could be held accountable for serious crimes committed by their rank and file,” said Eric Goldstein, acting Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“What’s important now is for countries at the Human Rights Council to ensure that this new body gets the necessary support and needed renewals after its initial one-year term to fulfill its mandate.”

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