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Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Warring parties in Libya [JURIST news archive] have signed a preliminary UN-sponsored agreement [text] on Saturday, agreeing to form a unity government and cease fighting. However, one of the main parties, based in Tripoli, refused to sign the deal. Under the Libyan Political Agreement, signed in Skhirat, Morocco, the … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to strengthen the deteriorating security situation in Libya. Fatou Bensouda [official website] expressed her concerns over the recent increases in assassinations, terrorist attacks and … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Refugees and migrants crossing through Libya face human rights abuses [press release] including torture and rape, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [materials] Sunday. The report asserts that foreign nationals in Libya are subject to alarming rates of rape, torture and abduction, causing many to risk their lives crossing … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Thursday strongly condemned [press release] the continuous airstrikes on an airport in the western town of Zintan, claiming the attacks pose danger to civilians and are undermining efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis. Neither the rebels … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report [text, PDF] released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report [press release] by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] released [press release] a peace proposal on Tuesday in effort to end the country's political instability and "deteriorating military situation." Among many ideas offered, UNSMIL proposed the creation of a unity government "composed of independent personalities not belonging to any … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday reported evidence [press release] that cluster bombs were dropped on at least two towns in Libya. HRW said they have not yet determined who dropped the bombs. The Libyan Air Force recently bombed the two towns, but it has denied using banned … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Head of the United States Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] Bernardino León on Wednesday warned [transcript] the UN Security Council [official website] that without intervention from the international community and UN, Libya is likely to become unstable in the wake of repeated terrorist attacks. León urged the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] extremists for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya, characterizing the acts as "vile crime[s] targeting people on the basis of their religion." The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] are war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday. The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of Sirte in two separate incidents [CNN report] in December 2014 and January … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that a report [text, DOC], produced jointly with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website], "paints a bleak picture" of the human rights situation in Libya during … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] An Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and encourage accountability through International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] indictments and prosecutions to end the cycle of human rights violations and war crimes being committed in Libya. The … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official websites] on Monday released a joint report [text, PDF] describing civilian populations in Libya being subjected to shelling, abduction, torture, execution and deliberate destruction of property. In a press release [text] accompanying the report, UN … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] More than 140,000 people have been internally displaced in Libya [press release] as a result of the country's rapidly deteriorating security situation, the UN said Monday. Renewed fighting between feuding militias has caused a new wave of displacement, particularly in the western outskirts of Tripoli and the eastern city … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday accused militias in Libya of committing war crimes [press release] during a battle that has been ongoing since July. Libya Dawn Alliance, led by militias from Misrata, and a coalition of militias from Zintan have been fighting for control over Tripoli's … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Militia fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi have forced 250,000 people to flee [press release] over the last four months, the UN reported [text, PDF] Thursday. According to the report, released by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Human Rights Office, approximately 150,000 people have fled … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Recent violence between Libyan political factions has been alarming and unprecedented in its gravity, according to a statement [text] released Wednesday by the outgoing Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website]. Representative Tarek Mitri cited areas of grave concern within the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday warned against [press release] recent amendments to Libya's penal code. Law No. 5 of 2014 imposes prison sentences on any individual "undermining the February 17 revolution" and for "publicly insulting one … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the Canadian government on Friday to institute an independent national inquiry into violence against women in the country. HRW also urged the government to establish greater accountability for cases of police misconduct. HRW found that the police have failed to … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday reported concern regarding recent violent incidents in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, which have left in excess of 40 people dead and hundreds injured. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSIL) [official website] visited … [read more]

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