Libya: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received reports of human rights abuses perpetrated by Libyan militias allied to the Government of National Accord.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to UN Security Council Resolution 1970, what recent steps the Government has taken to support the issue of International Criminal Court warrants for the arrest of members of (a) the Libyan National Army and (b) other armed groups in Libya.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK has been clear about the need for perpetrators of human rights abuses in Libya to be held to account, regardless of their affiliation. We have taken action in the UN Security Council to sanction militia commanders who undermine Libya's peace and security. We have also called clearly on all Libyan parties to co-operate fully with the International Criminal Court, including in the case of Major Al-Werfalli. The UK co-sponsored a resolution at the March 2018 session of the Human Rights Council calling for greater accountability for those responsible for human rights abuses in Libya.

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