UNSMIL voices concerns over abductions in Libya


The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday expressed concerns over increased abductions and enforced disappearances across Libya.

“UNSMIL expresses deep concerns over the recent increase in abductions and enforced disappearances in towns and cities across Libya conducted by armed groups with total impunity,” UNSMIL said in a statement.

“The mission renews its call for the full respect of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by parties to this conflict,” it added. Reports revealed hundreds of enforced disappearances, torture, killings of civilians, state officials, captured fighters and civil society activists, as well as numerous summary executions in different parts of Libya, the mission said.

“UNSMIL calls for the establishment of an investigative mechanism by the UN Human Rights Council, as the simplest and strongest basis for promoting accountability in Libya,” the statement added. Libya has been suffering escalating violence and political instability ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

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