NCHRL Welcomes UN Approval to Inspect Vessels


The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s decision to extend a series of authorizations allowing member states to inspect vessels suspected of violating the arms embargo, on the high seas, off the coast of Libya.

Unanimously adopting Resolution 2652 (2022), under Chapter VII, they agreed to extend the authorizations laid out in the resolution for a further 12 months.

The Council also condemned migrant smuggling and human trafficking via Libyan territory. As this serves to further undermine stabilization efforts, and endangers the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

In addition, the Council requested that the Secretary-General report on the implementation of today’s resolution in 11 months’ time.

Those measures – first agreed in Resolution 2292 (2016) – allow states, acting nationally or through regional organizations, to inspect vessels, given reasonable grounds to believe that they are in violation of the Council’s arms embargo.

The Security Council imposed sanctions, including an arms embargo, on Libya in 2011 after the political turmoil that led to the toppling of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

UN investigators confirmed that the Turkish government continues to violate UN sanctions. This is by transferring military equipment and providing military training to Libyan parties, the Nordic Monitor news website reported.