Libya's warring groups acting "with complete impunity" UN Rights Council hears

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Kate Gilmore. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Libya's warring parties continue to show little regard for civilians and are responsible for dreadful rights abuses, the UN Human Rights Council has heard.

In her address to the Council in Geneva, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore also highlighted violations against migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers.

That theme was also taken up by Martin Kobler, head of the UN support Mission in Libya, or UNSMIL, who described "an absence of the rule of law all over the country".

Priyanka Shankar reports.

In an update on Libya to Member States, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore said that widespread violations of international human rights and humanitarian law continue there with total impunity. 

Providing detailed information on allegations of abductions, torture and murder in the North African state, Ms Gilmore said that "all parties" were to blame. 

"The situation in Libya remains distressing with little hope of resolution in immediate sight. Perpetrators – not without foundation – believe there are no consequences for their actions. Victims believe for good reason that there are few prospects for justice. In this impunity context all Libyans suffer." 

The Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights also referred to the awful treatment of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. 

This often involved detention in dreadful conditions, carried out "as a matter of course" by their captors. 

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations, 

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