A new law in Libya risks further weakening of institutions: UN envoy

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Tarek Mitri, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), addresses Security Council. [UN Photo/ Devra Berkowitz]

A law to exclude certain individuals from public office in Libya, which was adopted on 5 May, risks further weakening state institutions in the North African country.

This warning has come from Tarek Mitri, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) during his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday.

He said the law which demands the exclusion from public offices those associated with the former regime and others who have committed human rights abuses, has garnered significant support over the past months.

Mr. Mitri told the Security Council that the Political Isolation Law in Libya falls short of international standards, best practices and will have far-reaching repercussions on the political process.

"In the contest of Libya's transition and the legacy of weak state institutions, the implementation of this law risks further weakening of these institutions. On June 5, the day the law came into force, many prosecutors and judges went on strike in protest at some of the provisions of the law which they believe would affect them. These developments demonstrate the urgency of adopting a transitional justice law anchored in truth seeking, accountability and reparations." (29")

The top United Nations envoy in Libya said that a draft law is currently being considered by the National General Congress and UNSMIL continues to advise on its scope and implementation.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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