Libya needs a constitution that safeguards human rights for all: UN official

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Human Rights Council

Authorities in Libya are being urged to ensure that a new constitution for the country safeguards human rights for all.

The call came from the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-Wha Kang who reported to the UN Human Rights Council on Libya on Wednesday.

She said Libya has made progress in building democracy and the new authorities have stated their commitment to the respect for human rights.

However, Ms. Kang added, there are still considerable challenges to realizing the aspirations of the Libyan people to enjoy their human rights and to live in a democratic society with strong public institutions.

"In the coming months it will be important to achieve tangible results on resolving conflict-related detentions and on a range of transitional justice options. These matters are intended to turn the page on the legacy of the past. Looking forward in the drafting and adoption of a new constitution, Libya will write a new page. Libyan authorities should carry out a consultative and inclusive drafting process with the aim of adopting a constitution that safeguards dignity, non-discrimination, equality and human rights for all." (35")

Ms. Kang said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human is ready to assist and accompany Libya in all of these endeavours.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

Duration: 1'24"

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