Growing instability in Libya not conducive to closing "impunity gap"

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Fatou B. Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). (Security Council video capture)

Political instability is growing and an environment is developing in which people who commit crimes are not being brought to justice.

Speaking to members of the Security Council, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) explained that the insecurity is having a harmful impact on her investigations.

Since the overthrow of former President Muammar al-Qadhafi three years ago, Libya has suffered from killings and displacement of people.

Despite the June 2014 elections, Fatou Bensouda noted, Libya is split with two governments vying for legitimacy.

She said there are indications that crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the ICC are being committed.

"The security situation in Libya is worsening. Political instability is growing and unfortunately, an environment is developing that cannot be conducive to closing the impunity gap in Libya. This of course is an issue of concern for me and my office. Since my last report to this Council on Libya in May this year, the situation in country has deteriorated."

Ms Bensouda deplored that her office has been obliged to scale down resources for investigations in the country.

It has limited her team's ability to investigate amongst others, new instances of mass crimes committed by rebel forces.

Meanwhile, Bernardino Leon, the Special Envoy for Libya, is in Tripoli to discuss the possibilities of convening an inclusive dialogue with various stakeholders.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’37”

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