Security Council condemns cases of torture and mistreatment in illegal detention centres in Libya

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Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, Permanent Representative of the UK, and Security Council President for the month of June 2013, addressing the press. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The Members of the UN Security Council have expressed deep concern about the recent acts of violence in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed lives of many people and they've called upon all Libyans to rally around their legitimate institutions, both civilian and military.

In a press statement following a briefing on the situation in Libya by the Special envoy of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, the members of the Members of the Security Council called for continued and sustained engagement by the international community, aimed at supporting the Libyan Government's efforts to increase the effectiveness and capacity of its security and justice sector institutions, to complete a successful transition to democracy and to develop the Libyan economy and to improve the provision of public services.

The Security Council president for the month of June is Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom.

“The Members of the Security Council condemned cases of torture and mistreatment observed in illegal detention centers in Libya. They emphasized that practices of torture and extra-judicial killing should not be tolerated. They called upon the Libyan authorities to investigate all violations of human rights and bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice. In that regard, the Members of the Security Council welcomed recent legislative initiatives undertaken by the General National Congress in Libya. They also noted the importance of the cooperation of the Libyan authorities with the International Criminal Court and the Prosecutor.”

The Members of the Security Council stressed the necessity to reject violence in all its forms and to resolve disagreements peacefully and through dialogue and encouraged all Libyans to engage with the political process of reconciliation and constitutional reform through peaceful and inclusive means, underpinned by respect for the rule of law.

The Members of the Security Council also expressed serious concern about the continued arbitrary detentions without access to due process of thousands of persons held outside the authority of the state and called for their immediate release or transfer to detention centers under state authority.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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