Libya: Prisons

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Gethins Stephen Gethins Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on alleged human rights abuses in Libyan prisons.

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)

​We are concerned by reports of alleged human rights abuses in Libyan prisons, including the particular issues faced by female prisoners. The UK is working to address the dire human rights situation in Libya through a comprehensive approach, including by giving our full support to the UN-led political process. Stabilising the country will have the greatest positive impact on the human rights situation in Libya. On my last visit to Libya, I underlined our concerns about the human rights situation. Most recently, the Minister responsible for human rights, Lord Ahmad, has discussed efforts to combat human rights abuses with key partners, including the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General.

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