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Libya Human Rights

Overview

The situation in Libya can be described as dangerous and chaotic. Since the fall of the Gaddafi Government in 2011, forces affiliated to three rival governments, as well as armed groups and militias, have committed serious violations of international law and abuses of human rights with impunity. All sides to the conflict have carried out indiscriminate attacks in heavily populated areas leading to deaths of civilians and unlawful killings. Armed groups have abducted, arbitrarily arrested and indefinitely detained thousands of people. Torture and other ill-treatment has been widespread in prisons under the control of armed groups, militias and state officials. Migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers are routinely exposed to human rights violations committed by Libyan officials and security forces and abuses at the hands of armed groups and criminal gangs, who are often working in close co-operation and to mutual financial advantage. In addition, European Union (EU) countries are conspiring to contain refugees and migrants in Libya and Italian policies have left people stranded at sea for days. Women continue to face discrimination, including arbitrary restrictions on their right to travel. Read More.

Libya Newsroom



December 9, 2020 • Press Release

Senate Vote Authorizing Arms Sales to the UAE Could Fuel More War Crimes in Yemen, Libya Conflicts

Responding to authorization today from the United States Senate to sell several advanced military capabilities that are worth $23.37 billion and export over $7.2s billion in defense articles to the …

November 18, 2020 • Press Release

The Libya Stabilization Act will mean accountability for abuses

Responding to the passage of H.R. 4644, the Libya Stabilization Act in Congress, Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa said: “The Libya Stabilization Act …

November 9, 2020 • Press Release

Arms Sales to the UAE could make U.S. responsible for more deaths of civilians in Yemen and Libya

Ahead of plans by the United States to sell 18 armed aerial drones worth approximately $2.9 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director for the …

September 24, 2020 • Report

New evidence shows refugees and migrants in Libya trapped in horrific cycle of abuses

Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants in Libya are trapped in a vicious cycle of cruelty with little to no hope of finding safe and legal pathways out, Amnesty International said …

August 26, 2020 • Press Release

Heavy weaponry used in Libya to disperse peaceful protesters demanding economic rights

At least six peaceful protesters were abducted and several others were wounded after armed men fired live ammunition including from heavy machine-guns to disperse a demonstration in Tripoli on August …

June 24, 2020 • Press Release

Fact-finding mission to investigate crimes in Libya is a welcome step

We call on all parties to the conflict and their allies to fully cooperate with the fact-finding mission’s investigation team and help facilitate their work with a view to bringing all those responsible for these violations to justice.

April 21, 2020 • Press Release

Historic discrimination in Libya threatens right to health of minorities in the south amid COVID-19

The Libyan authorities and militias in control of southern cities and towns and international donors must ensure that those most marginalized are factored into their emergency public health response to …

July 3, 2019 • Press Release

Abhorrent attack on migrant detention center in Libya must be investigated as a war crime

The International Criminal Court must order an urgent investigation into an abhorrent attack on the Tajoura immigration detention center in eastern Tripoli, Libya, in which at least 40 refugees and …

July 2, 2019 • Press Release

UN arms embargo violations put Tripoli’s 1.2 million civilians in grave danger

The lives and security of Tripoli’s 1.2 million civilians hang in the balance as warring parties use a range of sophisticated weapons imported into Libya in contravention of a UN arms …

May 22, 2019 • Press Release

Catastrophic failure as civilians ravaged by war violations 70 years after Geneva Conventions

The UN Security Council must mark the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions this year by ending its catastrophic failure to protect millions of civilians around the world whose lives and livelihoods are routinely ravaged by violations of the laws of war, Amnesty International said today.