The Geneva Centre strongly condemns the flagrant violations of human rights carried out by radical terrorist groups in Libya, which involve violent systematic acts targeting innocent civilians and diplomatic missions, including the demolition and burning of the house of the Libyan Permanent Representative to UN Office at NewYork Ibrahim Dabbashi on 16 September 2014. This event follows other previous kidnappings and murder attacks on members of more than twenty diplomatic mission, as well as representatives of humanitarian and international organizations. In this context, the Geneva Centre calls for the need to restore security, bring peace, and support the legitimate Libyan institutions including the Parliament elected in last June.
In this regard, the Geneva Centre underscores the need for concerted regional and international efforts aiming to provide the necessary support to enable the legitimate Libyan institutions to restore security and stability, to extend their central authority on the country’s various regions, and to ensure the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State.
The Geneva Centre stresses the importance of taking concrete actions, including urgent measures aiming to stop all armed operations, support the political process, and promote dialogue between the different political parties in order to achieve national reconciliation. The Geneva Centre emphasizes again the vital role that neighboring countries should play through relevant mechanisms, as well as the need to involve such countries in all efforts and initiatives concerning a consensual dispute settlement in Libya.
In this context, the Geneva Centre highlights the necessity to implement the Libyan Parliament’s decision to disarm in an orderly and gradual way all militia groups, to abandon military actions, and move towards a consensual political solution sponsored by neighboring countries and supported by the international community. The Geneva Centre underscores the necessity of concerted efforts to stop the outsourcing of illegal weapons and to strengthen regional and international control procedures that enable the limitation of weapons flow, which is preventing a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Libya.
The Geneva Centre calls for the development of a joint action through concrete mechanisms and clear programs in order to combat all forms of intolerance, extremism and terrorism. It is an emergency to firmly deal with the resources and origins of terrorism, particularly regarding the following groups: the so-called Libya Shield Force, the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, militias Libya Dawn militia, the Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade, the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, the Libya Rebels Room, Ansar al-Sharia and the Brigade of the Blood Heirs. The Geneva Centre calls for the development and implementation of plans aimed to support the capacities of legislative, executive, judicial and, especially, security institutions in Libya, in order to impose the rule of law and consolidate stability. The stability and progress of Libya will then reflect itself on the region as a whole.
The Geneva Centre calls upon international bodies to adopt a decision/resolution aimed to punish parties involved in disrupting the process of political transition in Libya. The solution should be similar to the one pursued in Yemen, in which case the Security Council adopted Resolution No. 2051 setting up an all-inclusive National Dialogue Conference and acting as a deterrent to attempts to obstruct the settlement process carried out by regional parties. On the domestic front, the Geneva Centre appreciates what has been already proposed by the United Kingdom at the Security Council, during its session on 21st February 2014, on the need to impose sanctions on those who impede the legitimate political process in Yemen. It is clear that we are witnessing the same situation in Libya through the alliance between the Islamic Brotherhood and the jihadist movement.
Finally, the Geneva Centre deplores such a dramatic situation characterized by inhumane acts such as killings, displacement and violation of the most basic fundamental and legitimate human rights. This reality has emerged as a consequence of the terrorist acts perpetrated by those who lost the parliamentary elections, and who are essentially militia groups affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood and its jihadists allies. In these circumstances, it is evident that the international political and logistic intervention supporting the current transitional political process in Libya against Muslim Brotherhood and jihadist alliance is needed in order to protect human rights, as well as save the country and thousands of lives.