Sabah Al-Hajj: Libyans Are Skeptical of UNSMIL Statements on Liability for War Violations – Al Marsad

Member of the House of Representatives (HOR) Sabah al-Hajj said that Libyans across the country have not enjoyed peace and tranquility since 2011 due to the chaos and violations that have been engulfing the entire country. “The issue here is that perpetrators remain at large due to various reasons, including lack of evidence or inability of the authorities to apply the law to them,” said al-Hajj.

(Libya, 9 July 2020) – Member of Parliament Sabah Al-Hajj, in a statement to the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Wednesday, called for speedy documentation of the violations that targeted civilians and damaged their property, especially most of them have nothing to do with the ongoing political and military conflict.

“This has been the case with the citizens of the city of Tarhouna who suddenly found themselves between a rock and a hard place. They became victims after the destruction of their properties and their displacement. The crimes and violations should be documented systematically and fairly based on gathering evidence so that no one is treated unfairly.”

She noted that the documentation process in Tarhouna events is verifiable since most of the affected have been displaced to the eastern region, which means there is a great possibility to communicate with them and document their testimonies.

Al-Hajj concluded her statement by saying: “Many Libyans are skeptical about the decisions and statements issued by the United Nations and its Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), especially with regard to determining responsibility for the occurrence of abuses and violations between the two parties to the war, namely the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA).”