11 November 2020 – ICC Prosecutor addresses the UNSC on Libya
ICC Prosecutor addresses the UNSC on Libya: On 10 November 2020, the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, presented her Office’s 20th report on the Situation in Libya to the United Nations Security Council.
In her statement, Bensouda updated the UNSC members on her Office’s activities, reporting that it is engaging with Libyan authorities to investigate on the mass graves discovered in Tarhunah and South of Tripoli. Over 100 bodies have been recovered there so far. The Prosecutor further informed the Council of the increasing evidence of indiscriminate airstrikes and shelling of civilian areas, enforced disappearances, detention and torture of civilian, pillaging of civilian properties, and arbitrary abductions, that her Office is receiving. These crimes form part of a pattern of violence committed against civilians in multiple areas, according to Bensouda.
Bensouda also reported on the ongoing use of mines and explosive devices against civilians in Tripoli and surrounding areas, causing injury and death. Other alleged crimes described by the Prosecutor include the targeting of civilians in east and west of Libya, excessive use of force against civilians by security forces in Zawiya and Tripoli, the trafficking and torture of migrants, and violations being committed in detention facilities and prisons across Libya.
Bensouda once again expressed dismay that her Office’s requests for the execution of the warrants of arrests have gone unheeded. The Prosecutor reiterated her calls for the arrest and surrender of those against whom warrants of arrest have been issued by the Court, vital to her Office’s ability to seek justice for the victims of atrocities committed in Libya.
Post by: Kobra Moradi