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Human Rights Watch has documented a steady deterioration in the human rights and humanitarian situation in Libya since the beginning of 2019. Insufficient domestic and international efforts to ensure a measure of accountability for past and ongoing…
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Item 10 General Debate

HRW remains concerned by the human rights crisis in Libya, which is taking place amidst near-absolute impunity. We regret the failure of this Council to provide a credible response. The fact that I am speaking under an item 10 General Debate – rather than…
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Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s oral update on Libya

Protracted conflicts, unaccountable militias and the deterioration of general public services, are hardly making headlines, but in Libya, civilians are acutely suffering from them.
 
 Throughout the country, armed groups, some affiliated with one…
People walk near a puddle of water mixed with blood at the site of twin car bombs near a mosque in the Salmani neighborhood of Benghazi that resulted in scores of deaths and injuries, Libya, January 24, 2018. © 2018 Reuters
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Interactive Dialogue – High Commissioner’s oral update on Libya

Human rights conditions in Libya continue to deteriorate. Political divisions and protracted conflicts since 2011, resulted in internal displacement of over 200.000 people, a collapsed economy and lack of basic services including the public health system…
The above image is a screenshot from a video posted on July 24, 2017 showing the apparent summary execution by LNA fighters of 20 prisoners, whom the commander, believed to be ICC suspect Mahmoud Al-Werfalli (wearing cap),  accuses of “terrorism.”
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Item 10 Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner’s report on Libya

Human Rights Watch welcomes the High Commissioner’s report on Libya from January this year detailing the suffering of civilians in armed conflicts around the country, the situation of thousands held in long-term arbitrary detentions, and widespread…
Libyan women celebrate the third anniversary of the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi at Freedom Square in Benghazi, February 17, 2014.
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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors.
 
 First, leadership: many…
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Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Excellency,
 
 At its 34th session in March, the Human Rights Council (HRC) will consider the human rights situation in Libya. Since the Council adopted resolution 31/27 in March 2016, mandating reporting by the High Commissioner to its 33rd and…
Members of the Libyan National Army, the armed forces allied with the Interim Government in al-Bayda, during clashes with the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, an Islamist militia alliance , in Benghazi on April 1, 2015.
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Interactive Dialogue – High Commissioner’s oral update on Libya

Human Rights Watch welcomed the High Commissioner’s report on Libya from February this year detailing widespread violations and abuses committed by various factions since the beginning of 2014. Since then, the human rights conditions in Libya have…
A man holds a sign during a protest against candidates for a national unity government proposed by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, in Benghazi, Libya October 23.
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Statement delivered under Item 10

This statement is made on behalf of six regional and international NGOs.[1] Our organizations welcome the findings of the report of the OHCHR investigation mission on Libya which has concluded that violations of international law taking place throughout…
A man holds a sign during a protest against candidates for a national unity government proposed by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, in Benghazi, Libya October 23.
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Statement delivered as part of the Interactive Dialogue on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Update on Libya

Human Rights Watch welcomed the Council’s decision in March to mandate OHCHR to dispatch a mission to investigate abuses committed in Libya since 2014 and are looking forward to the High Commissioner’s written report on the findings of this inquiry at the…
Manal Ameer, 33, pictured here with her two daughters, was among the first to vote in Benghazi.
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Human Rights Abuses in Libya and Sudan

Libya
 
 Human rights conditions in Libya regressed sharply in 2014. Since May 2014, parties to the armed conflicts have directly attacked and abducted civilians and looted, burned and otherwise destroyed civilian infrastructure. Hundreds of…