• ✊🏾 • Leading Members of the European Parliament demand experts must be given the possibilities to investigate alleged war crimes and human rights abuses in the war-torn country.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – The Chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights, Maria Arena, and the Chair of Parliament’s delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries, Andrea Cozzolino, express their deep shock at the discovery of mass graves on Libyan territory recently recaptured from forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar. The two Chairs also convey their sincere condolences to the families of the victims and join their voices with UN Secretary General António Guterres in calling for the establishment of an independent investigation of these alleged crimes under the auspices of the UN.
“All steps must be taken to ensure that experts and investigators have access to and can collect all necessary evidence of the alleged war crimes and human rights violations perpetrated in Libya since the outbreak of the civil war, such as the abduction and enforced disappearance of our fellow parliamentarian Seham Sergiwa from her home in Benghazi a year ago. It is high time that a meaningful political dialogue starts, impunity ends and that justice be upheld in Libya. The support of civil society organisations and local authorities in the country will be instrumental to carry on this endeavor and should be supported by the EU.”