Saturday, February 11, 2012

Libya: UN calls for justice after killings of displaced persons

Flag of Libya's National Transitional Council at the United Nations in Vienna. Oct '2011. Photo: UNIS Vienna

10 February 2012 –
The United Nations political mission for Libya today voiced serious concern over the killing of seven internally displaced persons (IDPs), including three children and two women, and urged authorities to investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice.

The attacks took place on Monday took place at Janzur Marine Academy near Tripoli, where three of the victims were killed, the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) said. Four other IDPs – all from the town of Tawerga – were murdered during a street demonstration.

UNSMIL said it welcomed the action taken by military police of the national army to restore security.

Libyans successfully overthrew the long-standing regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi last year after a protracted civil war, but tensions have persisted in some areas, leading to violent incidents involving militias and community groups.

The mission was established by the Security Council last September to support the National Transitional Council (NTC) in its reconstruction efforts, including restoring the rule of law, drafting a new constitution, promoting reconciliation and preparing for elections.