Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Geneva
Switzerland, Liechtenstein

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Human Rights Council - 30th Regular Session

Item 10

Australian statement

Interactive Dialogue on HC oral update on Libya (with SRSG)

29 September 2015

Australia welcomes the oral update on the human rights situation in Libya.

Australia expresses grave concerns at the ongoing deterioration of security in Libya, and the effect this is having on Libya’s people and neighbours.

Australia remains a strong supporter of the political dialogue process, led by United Nations Support Mission in Libya, which remains Libya’s best chance of transitioning to stability.

Libya is at a critical juncture. We continue to call on all parties to refrain from violence and engage constructively in the political process. Constructive and sustained support from Libya’s neighbours and the broader international community will also be critical to Libya’s stability going forward.

However, prospects for peace and stability will not be realised while the human rights situation remains serious. Australia recognises that all parties have been accused of human rights violations and abuses, and urge all parties to take action halt such violations and abuses immediately. Protection of civilians must be a priority and all responsible for serious international crimes must be held to account.

A strong and unified Libyan State is also needed to counter the growing threat posed by ISIL and other terrorist groups in Libya.