FORMER Moroccan Minister of Justice and diplomat Mohamed Aujjar has been appointed on Wednesday by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet as member of the Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya.
UN appointement came after a high-level delegation from Libya visited Morocco on July 26 for consultation on the crisis.
OHCHR created the mission on June 22, to document allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by all parties in Libya since 2016.
Bachelet warned the commission’s works is so important to document the abuses and human rights violations in the region as there is no “functioning judiciary system.” in Libya.
“This expert body will serve as an essential mechanism to effectively combat widespread impunity for human rights violations and abuses committed, and can also serve as a deterrent to prevent further violations and contribute to peace and stability in the country,” Bachelet said in a statement.
Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said that the agreement was a “Libyan product” and Libyans can “adapt [the agreement] to the transitional state and ensure the security and stability of that country.”
“The Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya will provide an oral update at the Human Rights Council in September 2020.
A comprehensive written report on the situation of human rights in Libya, including on efforts to prevent and ensure accountability for violations and abuses of human rights with recommendations, will follow in 2021.” The statement mentioned.
Aujjar is a former diplomat and was the minister of justice starting in 2017. He left his position in October 2019 after a government reshuffle.
Tripoli based Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj fights against Khalifa Haftar’s Benghazi-based Libya National Army (LNA). Turkey, Italy and Qatar supports GNA, and France, Russia, Egypt and UAE backs Haftar forces in Libya.
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