Members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Stress the Need to Hold Elections in December 2021

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On Saturday, the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) stressed the need to adhere to holding the elections on time.

This came during the meeting held between the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, and the members of the LPDF.

Days ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU) to ensure that the elections on the 24th of December be conducted in a free and fair manner.

HRW explained that this required an environment “free from coercion, discrimination, or intimidation of voters, in addition to protecting freedom of expression and assembly.”

It added that the human rights situation in Libya remains unstable due to mass displacement, the discovery of mass graves, and the targeting of vital buildings.

HRW held the previous administration responsible for the systematic violations, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, and torture.

The GNU is set to lead the country to national elections in December, as well as reinforce the country’s fragile ceasefire agreement.