UN top envoy in Libya urges Libyans to refrain from violence

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Tarek Mitri

The top United Nations envoy in Libya has called on all Libyans to refrain from settling political issues through violence.

The call from Tarek Mitri comes after reports of bombings, kidnappings, and activities of militias against politicians in the country.

The National Congress building was also reportedly attacked by militiamen and protesters two days ago.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is deeply concerned by several recent incidents, including attacks on media organizations, threats against journalists, and violence against a Coptic church and other houses of worship. These acts violate fundamental human rights, particularly the freedom of faith and freedom of expression.

Also today, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Tarek Mitri, expressed his strong condemnation of the attack yesterday against Mohammed Magariaf, the President of the Libyan Congress. (31")

UNSMIL established in 2011 at the request of the Libyan authorities, is helping the country as it struggles to create stability and build democracy.

Areas in which the mission is involved include human rights, transitional justice, mine action, demobilization of former combatants and empowerment of women.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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