Coordinated with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to select Libyan defenders and Libyan human rights organizations to attend two meetings; first with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ghassan Salama (SRSG) and a second special meeting of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (UN HCHR) with representatives of Libyan civil society organizations. The two meetings were held on 9 October 2017, with The Platform / Defender Center for Human Rights (DCHR) / Libyan Legal Aid Organization / Libyan Center for Press Freedom / Libya Unit at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and a number of Libyan defenders attended the meeting with the Special Envoy and the High Commissioner.
Given the absence of an effective national justice system in Libya, international accountability mechanisms are imperative in address rampant impunity in a country where respect for human rights is decimated by escalating attacks on local civil society organizations, human rights defenders, members of the judiciary, media workers, civilians, and migrants. The Platform emphasized that Libyan authorities must formulate a clear strategy to restructure the security establishment and the judicial system, as well as supporting the education and health sectors for vulnerable populations. The freedom of expression and association and the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) must be prioritized in this strategy.