With an aim to deescalate violence in Libya and bringing relative peace by addressing the human rights situation in the country, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted a resolution asking the High Commissioner to send a fact-finding mission to Libya.
The UNHRC has asked the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to establish facts and circumstances regarding the human rights situation in Libya. The UNHRC resolution says, the UNSMIL should also “collect and review relevant information to document alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by all parties in Libya since the beginning of 2016”.
It adds that the information will be collected to “preserve evidence with a view to ensuring that perpetrators of violations or abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law are held accountable”.
The fact-finding mission comes after Libya discovered eight mass graves in the town of Tarhuna in early June. According to the UN, Tarhuna was used as the operation and supply centre of militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.