June 2, 2023

The UN Fact-Finding Mission in Libya condemned the sexual slavery of migrants stranded in Libya trying to travel to Europe.

In a statement released Monday today, she expressed her deep concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Libya as she tracked many cases of arbitrary detention, killings, torture, rape, sexual slavery, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances.

She indicated that the practice is widespread in Libya, noting that “immigrants are enslaved in official detention centers as well as in ‘secret prisons’ where rapes are committed, which constitute crimes against humanity.

Head of Mission Mohamed Ojar called for “responsibility as it is imperative to end this widespread impunity.”

He also called on “the Libyan authorities to expedite the development of a human rights action plan, a roadmap for victim-centred transitional justice, and bringing to justice all those responsible for human rights violations.”

Notably, the Human Rights Council established this mission in 2020 to investigate violations committed by all parties in Libya since 2016.
The mission conducted over 400 interviews and collected over 2,800 items of information, including photos and videos.

Libya has entered a spiral of violence and crisis since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011 and especially since 2016, resulting in gross violations of human rights.

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