UNSMIL says detention of easterners by Tripoli-based gunmen aims to undermine settlement

UNSMIL says detention of easterners by Tripoli-based gunmen aims to undermine settlement

November 08, 2020 - 19:04
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN mission said that it had noted with great concern that between 1 and 5 November, a number of individuals from the east who travelled to Tripoli were arbitrarily arrested by armed groups.

“At least one person was followed to his destination in Tripoli and then arrested, others were allegedly arrested at the airport upon arrival.” UNSMIL remarked in a sattement on Sunday.

UNSMIL reiterated that all Libyan citizens have the right to freedom of movement, saying any illegal infringement of this right is a serious violation of Libya’s obligations under international law.

“The Mission believes that these actions aim to sabotage the good faith efforts to bring Libyans together, following the ceasefire agreement, and calls for the immediate release of those arbitrarily detained with the freedom of movement fully respected for all Libyans.” UNSMIL added.

The Interior Ministry of Government of National Accord condemned the incident and said none of its apparatuses were behind it, while the main suspect: Eighth Force of GNA's Tripoli Protection Force denied responsibility for this incident and urged for investigation to bring to justice the perpetrators.