Item 10 - Interactive Dialogue with the Fact-Finding Mission on Libya. Delivered by Iceland on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic Countries. Statement NB8 (6.07.22)

Human Rights Council 50th session

Interactive Dialogue with the Fact-Finding Mission on Libya

delivered by Iceland on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic Countries (NB8)

6 July 2022

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries.

We thank the members of the Fact-Finding Mission for their report and reiterate our full support for their mandate. Their work is critical to ensure accountability and to end impunity for human rights violations and abuses in Libya.

The human rights situation in Libya remains deeply concerning. It is unacceptable that reports of torture, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and sexual and gender-based violence remain largely unaddressed.  We are also concerned about the use of arbitrary detention and shrinking civic space.

We condemn the resurgence of politically motivated violence. We call on all actors to work towards a peaceful political transition in Libya and to adopt a holistic National Human Rights Plan of Action to ensure full respect for human rights and a sustainable transition to peace and democracy through fair elections.

Mr. President,

The work of the Mission is not yet completed. It is essential that it is given the necessary time and resources to complete its mandate. We therefore urge for the extension of the mandate and encourage all parties to fully cooperate with the Mission.

I thank you.