Williams Calls for “Human Rights Investigation” Mechanism in Libya


The Acting Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Stephanie Williams, has called for an investigative mechanism to be established for human rights abuses.

Williams told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the commission should establish a mechanism to monitor serious and ongoing violations that occur every day in the country.

She confirmed that the Libyan civilians were still suffering, as more than a million people need humanitarian aid, including 400,000 displaced people, along with 654,000 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

In her speech, Williams emphasized that 225,000 Libyans were forced to flee their homes, most of them inside and around Tripoli. The wave of displacement increased after the Government of National Accord (GNA) took control of Tarhuna earlier this month.

The GNA has asked the UN to help investigate the sites in the city, she said, as mass graves have been discovered there following the departure of the Libyan National Army (LNA) from Tarhuna.

Libya is not a safe country for the return of migrants and asylum seekers, as UNSMIL received reports revealing that immigrant boats crossing the Mediterranean did not receive any assistance.

The main priority of the United Nations is to reach a peaceful solution to the current conflict within the framework of the decisions of the Berlin Conference.

“A Human Rights Council mandate to establish an investigative mechanism would be both the simplest and strongest basis for promoting much-needed accountability in Libya,” she added.