UNSMIL Announces Launch of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Working Group


As per the Berlin Conference outcomes, and under the International Follow-Up Committee on Libya (IFCL), the International Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights Working Group held its first virtual meeting.

The meeting was held in the presence of representatives of countries that participated in the Berlin Conference, as well as the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and the Arab League.

During the meeting, participants received a briefing on the terms of reference of the Working Group, discussed draft operational priorities, and shared their prospective contributions to promote IHL, and human rights in Libya.

Acting UN envoy, Stephanie Williams, said “I welcome the launch of this important Working Group, and appreciate the strong participation of Member States, and regional organizations as part of the Berlin process. This confirms that respect for international humanitarian, and human rights law is essential for lasting peace in Libya”.

The Working Group will meet regularly under the co-chairmanship of the Netherlands, Switzerland, and UNSMIL. This is to support, promote, and coordinate the implementation of the Berlin Conference outputs.