Libyan Human Rights Warns of Military Escalation


On Thursday, Libyan National Commission for Human Rights (NCHRL), expressed its deep concern about the military movements and the armed mobilization around Tripoli.

In a statement, the Commission warned of an escalation of violence and armed clashes, “which constitute a real threat to the country’s security, and the safety of civilians in the Libyan capital.”

It also called on all parties and armed entities to exercise restraint, and avoid further violence and fighting.

The NCHRL warned against, “all schemes seeking to drag the country into a new civil war and jeopardize Libya’s national, social, and geographical unity.”

As well as calling on the UN’s International Sanctions Committee to implement Resolutions No. 2174 and 2259. These are regarding the prosecution of anyone planning to or committing acts that violate international law, or human rights law in Libya.

Earlier today, the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) voiced its concern over reports about the tense situation in Tripoli.

In a statement, UNSMIL stressed the importance of preserving calm and stability in the country

It also called on all Libyan parties to refrain from any action that could lead to clashes, and urged them to cooperate with the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Libya (SASG), Stephanie Williams. This is to find a negotiated way out of the current political stalemate.

Libya faces a political crisis after the Parliament swore in a new government, last week. The incumbent administration has refused to cede power, amid the fallout from a failed attempt to hold national elections in December.

Each rival government has support among the armed factions based in Tripoli. The Parliament-backed Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha has said he intends to take over in the capital this week, raising fears of clashes.