Joint Statement on Libya

Joint Statement on Libya by the Ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Libya

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the Ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Libya pay tribute to all who promote and strive for the protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms across Libya.  

We remain concerned by reported abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law which continue to happen across Libya, including against civilians and internally-displaced persons.

We are alarmed by the continued violence between armed groups and by reports of unlawful killings and torture. Those suspected of committing, ordering, or failing to prevent such acts on all sides must be fully investigated, and if found guilty, held accountable for their actions. We note that Libyan authorities have launched investigations into some of these reports and we encourage them to publish the results of these investigations as soon as possible.

We also express concerns about reported restrictions to civil and political freedoms and intimidation of civil society organisations, public servants, religious groups and national minorities.

We also endorse the UN Security Council Presidential Statement expression of grave concerns about reports of migrants being sold into slavery in Libya. We condemn such actions as heinous abuses of human rights, which may also amount to crimes against humanity. We call upon all relevant authorities to investigate such activities without delay to hold those responsible to account. We welcome in this regard the statement by the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) denouncing trafficking in persons, including for the purpose of slavery, inside or outside Libya, and note that the GNA has launched an investigation into the reported incidents and committed to hold those responsible for these actions to account.

We recognise that the GNA is committed to delivering peace and security for all Libyan people. To this end, we encourage all Libyan parties to work quickly and cooperatively to amend and fully implement the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), which remains the only viable framework, throughout Libya’s transitional period, to end Libya’s political crisis and to hold elections.