Libya’s Parliament Condemns Kidnapping of MP in Tarhuna

Libya's Parliament Condemns Kidnapping of MP in Tarhuna
Libya's Parliament Condemns Kidnapping of MP in Tarhuna

On Thursday, the Libyan Parliament condemned the abduction of MP, Hassan Al-Ferjani Salem from his home in Tarhuna by unidentified gunmen. He was taken to an unknown destination.

In a statement, the Parliament called on the Libyan Public Prosecutor, who was officially addressed about the incident, to “open a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of the incident, to ensure that the perpetrators will be prosecuted and brought to justice.”

It also called on the Ministry of Interior and “all relevant security services to intensify search and investigation efforts to reveal the fate of the kidnapped lawmaker, and to work on his release.”

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, and no security statement has been issued explaining the circumstances of the incident.

Since the 2011 civil war, successive governments have failed to prevent the deterioration of the security situation across Libya, with kidnappings and murder becoming common, especially in Tripoli.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented a number of cases of illegal arrests and detention, enforced disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial killings of civilians, officials, journalists, civil society members, and human rights activists in Tripoli during the past year.

“Under international human rights law, no one may be arbitrarily arrested or detained. Torture, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings are strictly prohibited, as are abductions and kidnappings,” UNSMIL noted.

“The mission calls on the Libyan authorities to fully investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Libya must end the entrenched culture of impunity in the country,” it stressed.

Notably, Libya is currently facing a political crisis after the Libyan Parliament swore in a new Prime Minister, former Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha in February. Members of Parliament argued that the incumbent Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba’s mandate expired when the elections failed to take place.

Dbaiba has refused to cede power, amid the fallout from a failed attempt to hold national elections in December.