Global community must do more for justice in Libya, says ICC Prosecutor

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Fatou Bensouda. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The international community can and must do more to ensure peace and justice in Libya, according to the Prosecutor of the UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC).

Fatou Bensouda was presenting her ninth report to the Security Council on the situation in the North African country.

Since the overthrow of Muammar al-Qhadafi nearly four years ago, innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of a deteriorating security situation.

Stephanie Coutrix,

Libya has been struggling to form of a national unity government, with parties vying for legitimacy.

The UN Support Mission in Libya has been facilitating talks between them, but a political solution to the crisis has yet to be reached.

Meanwhile, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says the frequency and brutality of assassinations, terrorist attacks, threats to media workers, human rights defenders and women in particular are especially troubling.

"My Office has encouraged the formation of an international contact group on justice issues through which material, legal and other support could be provided to Libya. One proposal I submit before the Council is for a willing State, with substantial experience in transitional justice, to consider partnering with Libya to explore more concretely how such a contact group might be brought to life in the near future."

Ms Bensouda also told the Security Council that the ICC continues to monitor legal cases against senior government officials during al-Qhadafi's presidency.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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