The European Union has confirmed, on several occasions, its support for the investigations conducted by the Libyan authorities in order to uncover the mass graves left by Haftar’s militias after they fled the city of Tarhuna, which they occupied for more than a year and a half, during the aggression on Tripoli.
The European Union called for an urgent and independent investigation into the discovery of mass graves in the city of Tarhuna, and for those responsible to be brought to justice, reminding the parties in Libya of their obligations, under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, to protect civilians.
For its part, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved last June a resolution requesting sending an “investigation mission” to Libya, to document the abuses and violations committed in Libya, which was considered a positive turning point on the way to achieving justice in the country.
Last August, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights announced the appointment of the members of the independent fact-finding mission on Libya, which was welcomed by the Government of National Accord, for this mission to reveal the facts to the international community about the extent of the violations committed by Haftar and Al-Kani militias in the city of Tarhuna, and other Regions in Libya.
The Ministry of Justice of the Government of Accord said in a statement issued by them that the international mission will aim to collect evidence about human rights violations in Libya and identify those responsible, in a way that can fight impunity and support the judiciary to carry out its mandate and overcome difficulties before it, and in order to show the truth and redress victims and the administration of justice.
In order to reach the facts, expose them and hold human rights violators accountable, international, human rights and judicial efforts must be joined to prevent assaulting citizens in the future and stripping their rights and freedoms.