Item 10 - Interactive dialogue with the fact-finding mission on Libya (30.03.22)

Item 10: Interactive dialogue with the fact-finding mission on Libya, Nordic–Baltic Statement Delivered by Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi, Permanent Representative of Finland.

49th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

30th March 2022

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries: Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and my own country Finland.

We fully support the mandate of the Fact-Finding Mission. Its work is key to ensure accountability in Libya.

The authorities in Libya and all parties to the conflict need to fully cooperate with the Mission. Unhindered access inside the country should be guaranteed. Civil society and individuals must be able to interact with the Mission without fear of reprisals.

We stress accountability for violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by all parties in Libya, including sexual and gender-based violence and violence against activists, women’s rights defenders and migrants. The Mission has established that some of these grave violations may amount to war crimes, which is deeply concerning.

The continued involvement of mercenaries in Libya has created an environment of impunity. Every avenue should be explored to exert pressure on foreign powers that continue to fund mercenaries in Libya to ensure their departure.

Distinguished experts, what in your view is needed for the complete fulfillment of the Mission’s mandate?

I thank you.