Tripoli (UNA-OIC) – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has said it is following with great concern the continued closure of the Sebha Court of Appeal, in addition to reported threats against the judiciary.
The Mission said in a statement posted on its official website on Monday that an armed group, allegedly affiliated to forces controlling Sebha, has reportedly, again, violently obstructed the work of the Sebha Court of Appeal. The reports also indicate that judges were physically prevented from conducting their legally mandated duties, directly impeding the electoral process.
UNSMIL is also alarmed by increasing reports of intimidation and threats against judges and judicial employees, particularly those dealing with electoral-related complaints, as well as against candidates, in a number of locations in Libya, according to the statement.
The Mission strongly condemned all acts aimed at jeopardizing the integrity of the electoral process, preventing Libyans from exercising their democratic rights in safety and in dignity. It reminded all parties involved in obstructing the justice system that they are subject to criminal responsibility under Libyan law (criminal procedure code and Law. No.1 of 2021 on Presidential Elections) and may be subject to sanctions as per relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
UNSMIL urged all relevant security authorities to ensure equal access to due process for all candidates and guarantee the safety and security of judges and judicial employees. It reiterated its commitment to holding the parliamentary and presidential elections, as per the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap and as set out in UN Security Council resolution 2570 (2021).