ICC makes steps on Libya case

Felicity Salina, International Law Officer

21 Jun 2020

Following airstrikes and shelling operations causing deaths in Libya, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) made a statement on the finding of mass graves that could be evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity that have been yet uncharged.

Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s Prosecutor, noted that these findings raise deep concerns over the level of military violence and civilian casualties that have occurred in Libya. She has called for the Libyan authorities to step up and protect the grave sites, largely found in the city of Tarhuna, and has asked all persons involved in the fighting to respect the rules of international humanitarian law.

The statement comes after a similar call-out from António Guterres, the UN Secretary General, earlier this month, which you can read at https://unsmil.unmissions.org/statement-attributable-spokesperson-secretary-general-libya-4

Read the ICC statement at https://www.icc-cpi.int/Pages/item.aspx?name=200622-otp-statement-libya.

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