Illegal detention centres have no place in modern Libya: ICC

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Fatou Bensouda. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Libya continues to face "serious security challenges and a deep political crisis" which undermine its ability to affect meaningful judicial and other changes.

That's what the Prosecutor of the UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda told members of the Security Council on Tuesday.

The steady decline in the security situation has hampered the investigative activities of the ICC and hindered possibilities of an "effective interaction" with the Government of Libya, she warned.

Ms Bensouda added that reports of torture and mistreatment as well as deaths by torture in illegal detention centres were "worrying".

"While the number of detainees requiring transfer to proper government controlled detention facilities have reportedly dropped from 8,000 to 7,000 the process of transfer of prisoners to State controlled detention centres has to be speeded up. Illegal detentions and torture should have no place in modern Libya. Those alleged to be responsible for these crimes must be investigated, prosecuted and face the full force of the law."

Strengthening Libya's ability to assume its security responsibilities remains key to the success of bringing lasting peace in Libya, she said.

The ICC Prosecutor also called on Libya to heed the Council's call to all parties in Libya to support the democratic transition, to engage in political dialogue and to refrain from violence and actions that challenge the stability of the State.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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