UN / ICC LIBYA

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During his first briefing to the Security Council, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan said, “cogent and coherent allegations” continue to arise from Libya, and this requires a “new focus” from the Office of the Prosecutor, as well as “more engagement and more support” from the Council. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

23 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Libyan representative
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC):
“Cogent and coherent allegations continue to arise from that land, from that ancient land. The plight of women and children and men is something that requires greater action. This requires new focus from my office - I said that - an acceleration, a more demonstrable utility of the Office of the Prosecutor, but it also does require – with the greatest of respect - more engagement and more support from this august body, that referred the matter to the Office of the Prosecutor in the first place.”
5. Med shot, Council President
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC):
“I hope in my next report I will be able to set out clear objectives, and a roadmap that will give clarity on these important matters and would help to more transparently and clearly communicate what is the plan, what are we hoping to do, and how we hoping to achieve it.”
7. Wide shot, Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC):
“We need to redefine success for the Court. Success does not simply mean the numbers of trials or the number of proceedings in the Hague. Success means narrowing accountability, supporting national authorities looking at imaginative ways in which we work together, not separately and divided but in a united manner.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic)Taher M. T. Elsonni, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Libya:
“We reaffirm that Libyan's trust their judiciary. Institutions of the judiciary are able to achieve justice and the rule of law despite all the challenges in the country. The biggest challenge is the ability to enforce the law. This requires your support to our institutions and the stability and advancement of our state. Just stop the negative interventions in all their forms in respect of our national sovereignty and the will of the Libyans and their right to self-determination so that can build our state, a state of justice and law.”
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STORYLINE:

During his first briefing to the Security Council, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan said, “cogent and coherent allegations” continue to arise from Libya, and this requires a “new focus” from the Office of the Prosecutor, as well as “more engagement and more support” from the Council.

He said, “the plight of women and children and men is something that requires greater action.”

Khan, who succeeded Fatou Bensouda as Chief Prosecutor on 16 June said, “I hope in my next report I will be able to set out clear objectives, and a roadmap that will give clarity on these important matters and would help to more transparently and clearly communicate what is the plan, what are we hoping to do, and how we hoping to achieve it.”

The Office of the Prosecutor presents its reports concerning cases in Libya in semi-annual briefings to the Council.

Khan said, “we need to redefine success for the Court. Success does not simply mean the numbers of trials or the number of proceedings in the Hague. Success means narrowing accountability, supporting national authorities looking at imaginative ways in which we work together, not separately and divided but in a united manner.”

Libyan Ambassador Taher M. T. Elsonni, for his part told the Council that Libyan Institutions of the judiciary “are able to achieve justice and the rule of law despite all the challenges in the country.”

He called on Council members to “stop the negative interventions in all their forms in respect of our national sovereignty and the will of the Libyans and their right to self-determination so that can build our state, a state of justice and law.”

By virtue of the principle of complementarity, the ICC’s jurisdiction is intended to come into play only when a State is genuinely unable or unwilling to prosecute alleged war criminals over which it
has jurisdiction.
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