Human rights violations, political impasses, and delayed elections hamper progress in Libya

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Human rights violations, political impasses, and delayed elections hamper progress in Libya

Source : AUN News

A constitutional and political impasse persists despite some progress, she continued, extending tensions and escalating violence in and around Tripoli.

She continued, “The economic situation is still quite bad. “We have seen angry Libyans protesting the lack of election progress and the subpar state services. Additionally, the nation’s human rights situation continues to be “of severe concern.”

The demand for leaders must be heeded.

Although the constitutional front has made encouraging strides, agreement on the prerequisites for presidential eligibility is still elusive.

Libyans took to the streets earlier this month to protest the country’s political tensions and deteriorating living circumstances.

They urged that elections be conducted as quickly as possible and that the nation find answers to its fuel and electrical shortages. The Tobruk Parliament, the seat of authority for the eastern side trying to rule the nation, was assaulted and damaged by some.

The top UN official stated, “We urge Libya’s political actors to hear the call of their people and to exhibit responsible leadership by addressing their issues.

Divisions lead to violence.

Military activity has grown in the western region, the power basis of the internationally recognised government situated in the capital, notably on the eastern flank of Tripoli, Misrata, and the outskirts of Sirte, as armed groups gather behind their leaders.

She urged the maintenance of the truce, saying, “We are gravely worried by the armed battles between armed groups that occurred in Tripoli on the night of July 21 and the skirmishes in Misrata on July 23 that resulted in an unconfirmed number of civilian casualties.”

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UN health professionals in Libya are still working to guarantee that all migrants have access to and the right to receive medical care.

Production of oil

Ms. Pobee also expressed concern over the ongoing dispute over the National Oil Corporation’s leadership at the time (NOC).

Since April 16, a blockade has resulted in a two-thirds decrease in Libyan oil exports and a $4 billion loss in revenue.

The former governor of the Libyan Central Bank was named the new NOC chairwoman on July 12 by Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, the UN- and internationally-backed interim premier. On July 19, oil exports resumed.

Ms. Pobee emphasised the necessity for the Corporation to “remain independent and free from the pressure of political interests,” even though it is still too early to say whether oil production will resume at full capacity and how it would affect oil output and exports moving forward.

Essential human rights are in danger

In the meantime, the state of the economy has an impact on people’s fundamental rights to access to essential amenities including food, water, and sanitation as well as healthcare and education.

In addition, there have been reports of protesters being arbitrarily detained by armed groups, medical facilities lacking surgical supplies, long power outages, and a lack of generator fuel, as well as grave allegations of torture against Libyans, migrants, and asylum seekers in detention centres and prisons, according to the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The Assistant Secretary-General expressed alarm that a radio station in Zawiya had broadcast hate speech accusing immigrants of spreading diseases.

“All allegations of torture and other human rights breaches must be looked into by Libyan authorities, and those responsible must be brought to justice.”

youths’ voices

Ms. Pobee emphasised the need to continue supporting and motivating Libyan counterparts to concentrate on effectively addressing the main causes of the political and economic impasse as the UN prioritises a return to the democratic process.

According to the UN political affairs official, young Libyans want their leadership to improve living conditions and hold elections as soon as feasible so they can select their genuine representation.

She continued by saying, “We expect on the members of this Council and the larger international community to continue supporting the United Nations in its efforts to mediate a mutually accepted settlement which would put an end to the protracted crisis.

Analysis by : Advocacy Unified Network

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