Libyan human rights committee rejects UNSMIL statement on the arrest of CCMCE official

Libyan human rights committee rejects UNSMIL statement on the arrest of CCMCE official

June 08, 2021 - 13:06
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The National Committee for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) has denounced the statement of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) regarding the arrest of Hassan Al-Faghal, chairperson of the subcommittee of the municipality of Qasr Al Akhiyar and employee of the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE).

The UNSMIL stated on June 5 that the arrest of Al Faghl violates Libya's national law and poses a threat to the CCMCE’s institutional independence.

According to the NCHRL, Al Faghl's arrest came upon complaints filed before the Public Prosecution against him for forgery, insisting he is not being held outside the framework of the law as stated by the UNSMIL.

"The inaccuracies and false information in the UNSMIL statement illustrate its lack of valid information and capacity to verify allegations, as well as its failure to adhere to the standards of fact-finding in such cases," the committee said.

The NCHRL demanded the Human Rights Department of the UN mission to respect the orders of the Public Prosecution Office and the rule of law and justice in such cases, given that the national judiciary is independent and subject to no authority other than the law.

It also called on the UN mission to withdraw its statement regarding the arrest of Hassan Al Faghl, as he is not detained outside the framework of the law but is being held by the Public Prosecution, as it put it.