UN Libya mission ‘deeply concerned’ over abduction of top Government staffer

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The UN Support Mission successful Libya (UNSMIL) said connected Tuesday that it is “deeply concerned” implicit the abduction of a elder Government unit member, who disappeared past week aft being taken distant by unidentified equipped men.

Rida Faraj Fraitis, is Chief of Staff for the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), the UN-backed medication that since March, has been starring a caller unified Libyan propulsion towards ending years of civilian struggle and division.

Up until this year, the oil-rich federation was divided betwixt the erstwhile Government of National Accord based successful Tripoli, and a rival medication based successful the east. In caller weeks, advancement towards caller antiauthoritarian elections successful December has stalled, contempt wide-ranging and on-going negotiations continuing.

Whereabouts unknown

Mr. Fraitis was taken on with a colleague, connected 2 August, pursuing a sojourn to GNU premises successful Tripoli: “The destiny and whereabouts of some Mr. Fraitis and his workfellow stay chartless and UNSMIL fears for their information and security”, the ngo said successful a statement.  

“The Mission expresses further interest astir individuals who person taken connected roles successful enactment of Libya’s antiauthoritarian modulation and State institutions being targeted successful this mode which has superior implications for the bid and reconciliation process and for the afloat unification of nationalist institutions”, the connection continued.

UNSMIL said that it has documented respective cases of amerciable arrests and detention, enforced disappearances, arsenic good arsenic torture. The ngo has besides recorded cases of extrajudicial killings of citizens, officials, journalists, civilian nine members and quality rights defenders, successful the past year.

‘Entrenched’ impunity

“Under planetary quality rights law, nary 1 whitethorn beryllium arbitrarily arrested oregon detained. Torture, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings are strictly prohibited arsenic are abductions and kidnappings,” said Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNSMIL.

Last month, the apical UN authoritative successful the country told the Security Council that “positive steps are present needed to debar backsliding”, with a rising menace that the fragile ceasefire, governmental advancement and badly-needed economical reform, are going into reverse.

The Mission is present calling connected Libyan authorities to afloat analyse each alleged violations of planetary quality rights law, and planetary humanitarian law.

“Libya indispensable extremity the entrenched civilization of impunity successful the country”, stressed Mr. Kubis. 

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