UK Ambassador: Broader Consensus Essential for Libyan Elections

UK Ambassador: Broader Consensus Essential for Libyan Elections
UK Ambassador: Broader Consensus Essential for Libyan Elections

The UK’s Ambassador to Libya, Caroline Hurndall, met with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily.

“Great to see Bathily in Tripoli this week after his briefing in New York. Britain fully supports his plan and commitment to building a more inclusive political process where Libyan voices are heard. Creating broader national consensus is essential to leading Libya to elections,” she tweeted.

On Tuesday, the United Nations’ top human rights official, Volker Türk revealed that the widespread violence in Libya by armed actors, the longstanding political impasse, and an increasingly restrictive civic space continue to destroy lives and severely harm rights.

Turk gave a brisk overview of recent human rights developments around the globe during the 52nd UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. He said that the Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya will present its final report at the end of the session, and it is urgent for the authorities to implement its recommendations without delay.

During his speech, the UN official announced that “contempt for human beings reaches agonizing levels when war breaks out, and violence becomes a daily occurrence.”

He added that “one-quarter of humanity is living today in places affected by conflict, and it is civilians who suffer the most. Peace is precious and it is fragile – and we must nurture it. The war in Ukraine has also led to civilian casualties and destruction of a shocking magnitude.”

A report by the Institute for Economics and Peace indicated that Libya witnessed sharp increases in the economic cost of violence, recording increases of more than 85% from 2020-2021. It ranked 151st globally out of 163 countries on the list, and 16th in the Arab world, ahead of Sudan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

The report considered access to small arms, and the continuation of violent crimes and political terrorism for the fourth year in a row as a dilemma in the country. It recorded a decrease in the percentage of deaths resulting from the internal conflict index by 21%.

The index relied on three basic criteria for measuring peace in Libya. Each of which has a number of indicators, namely the continuation of internal and external conflicts, societal security and safety, and the level of state militarization.