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HRS and FEMED discuss human rights issues in Libya

The Human Rights Solidarity (HRS) held some meeting, last week, with the Euro-Mediterranean Federation Against Enforced Disappearances (FEMED) for enforced disappearance. The organisations held the meetings with some interested in the Libyan issues in the European Union (EU).

The meetings discussed the significance of Libya for the states of the EU as Libya is the primary commercial partner for them. The HRS team clarified that the goal behind this visit to the FEMED was to improve the status of the human rights in Libya through four targets that the EU can achieve.

The HRS team talked about the deterioration in the human rights situation in Libya according to the international reports. They added that the crimes of enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention are carried out by factions legalised by the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is recognised internationally.

The team also talked about the phenomenon of militias’ impunity and immunity everywhere in Libya. Moreover, the issue that makes the problem complicated is the local justice system in most of the Libyan cities. They stressed that maybe the help of the International Criminal Court (ICC) could do something in dealing with the phenomenon.

The meetings tackled even the war on the city of Derna, which was led by the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar. They talked about the consequences of this war such as the displacement of more than 20 thousand residents of Derna, killing hundreds, and destroying the infrastructure and the historical monuments. The HRS criticised the United Nations Support in Libya (UNSMIL) and the GNA as they had kept silent regarding the violations in the city.

The discussions talked about the issue of the illegal migration and the violations and the abuses on the migrants. The HRS accused the migration organisation of failing to do its job in dealing with the issue.

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