Libyan Platform urges UN Security Council to support ICC to probe IHL violations in Libya

Libyan Platform urges UN Security Council to support ICC to probe IHL violations in Libya

The Libya Platform (LP), composed of 16 CSOs, has issued an urgent appeal to member states of the UN Security Council, urging them to take a swift, decisive stand on the mounting grave and systematic violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in Libya by all sides in the armed conflict.

The LP added in a statement on Monday that some of the violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“The LP hopes that the stances taken by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the EU, as well as the collective position of the US, UK, Italy, and France on the terrorist bombings in Benghazi on January 23, 2018 and the brutal executions that followed, are genuine and effective, and will be pursued by UNSC members; especially considering that a similar collective statement was issued in July 2017 without any real steps toward accountability.” It added in the statement.

The LP also stressed that the lack of accountability, particularly the failure of national and international investigation to identify those responsible for such grave violations and bring them to justice, is the main obstacle to the non-implementation of the political process and reform. This failure is the direct result of the non-effective action of UNSC member states to assist the ICC in its investigations.

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