UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 48TH SESSION

Item 10 – Interactive dialolgue with the Fact-Finding Mission on the human rights situation in Libya

Statement delivered by H.E. Nathalie Olijslager, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the EU statement, and praises the members of the FFM for their report and commends them for their work. We also commend the Libyan government for its commitment and assistance to the work of the Mission so far, and reiterate the importance to continue this assistance.

The work of the Independent Fact Finding Mission on Libya is of great importance since it contributes to accountability, rule of law and respect for human rights. But most importantly, it shows to the countless victims in Libya that their plight is not forgotten, and we stand with them. As co-chair of the working group on international humanitarian law and human rights of the Berlin peace process, we stand ready to support the FFM in the follow up of the report.

Despite the initial challenges the Fact-Finding Mission has faced it has been able to gather a significant amount of information. The report outlines that the described violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The work of the FFM is not completed. An extension of its mandate is essential to fulfill its goals and to further increase its effectiveness. In that regard, we strongly urge for the renewal of the mandate by as long as is necessary and hope others do so as well. In the interest of victims, but also in the interest of peace and justice in Libya.

The recommendations in the FFM report provide important steps to be taken. How can the international community best support these steps towards full accountability?

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