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Technical assistance and capacity-building to improve human rights in Libya (A/HRC/40/L.6/Rev.1)

Action on Resolution on Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building to Improve Human Rights in Libya

In a resolution (A/HRC/40/L.6/Rev.1) on technical assistance and capacity-building to improve human rights in Libya, adopted without a vote, as orally revised, the Council requests the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor and report on human rights violations and abuses across Libya and to establish the facts and circumstances of such abuses and violations with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring full individual accountability, and to provide technical assistance and capacity-building to Libya on its request to promote and protect human rights and prevent and ensure accountability for violations and abuses of human rights. The Council further requests the High Commissioner to present an oral update on the situation of human rights in Libya and the implementation of the present resolution to the Human Rights Council at its forty-second session during an interactive dialogue, with the participation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, and to present to the Council, during an interactive dialogue at its forty-third session, a report on the situation of human rights in Libya, including the implementation of technical assistance and capacity-building to support the efforts of the Government of National Accord to prevent and ensure accountability for violations and abuses of human rights. The Council further requests the Secretary-General to provide the Office of the High Commissioner with the resources necessary for the full implementation of the present resolution.

Angola, introducing draft resolution L.6/Rev.1 on behalf of the African Group, clarified that the current draft resolution represented an update to the previous resolutions on Libya, underlining the numerous challenges faced by the country. The draft text appreciated the efforts of the Government of National Unity to improve the situation of human rights in the country, namely the recent meeting of the President of the Presidential Council and the commander of the national army, organized by the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the context of upcoming general elections. The draft resolution took into account the current difficulties in Libya with respect to human rights, and it encouraged the Government of National Unity to intensify efforts to promote and protect human rights and to prevent abuses and punish perpetrators. Accordingly, the draft text requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide technical assistance and capacity building to Libya.

United Kingdom, in a general comment, regretted that language around irregular migrants existed in the text, which could reduce the protection of all migrants. They also would have appreciated a greater focus on refugees. Whilst the United Nations was undergoing a process regarding Libya, they did not support a resolution on Libya, which could impinge on that work.

Libya, speaking as the concerned country, thanked the African Group for drafting this resolution which supported technical assistance and capacity building in Libya. It was drafted in a spirit of transparency away from all politicization. Following the meeting in Abu Dhabi in February, Libya was preparing for another conference and general elections. Libya called on all countries to adopt the resolution by consensus.

The Council adopted resolution L.6 Rev.1 without a vote.

Source: UN Human Rights Council

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