An armed motorcade belonging to members of Derna's Islamic Youth Council, consisting of former members of militias from the town of Derna, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya

Extremists Terrorizing Derna Residents

Summary Executions, Public Floggings, No Rule of Law An armed motorcade belonging to members of Derna’s Islamic Youth Shura Council that pledged allegiance to ISIS, drive along a road in eastern Libya on October 3, 2014. November 27, 2014 (Beirut) – Armed militias that control the eastern city of Derna are terrorizing residents through summary…

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Security Council Press Statement on Libya

 Security Council Press Statement on Libya 26 November 2014 – The members of the Security Council expressed their profound concern about the deteriorating situation in Libya and its impact on regional peace and stability. The members of the Security Council underlined that there can be no military solution to the current crisis. They expressed their…

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Libyan Editor’s Harsh Conviction a Blow to Free Speech

Imprisonment, Withdrawal of Civil Rights, Ban on Practicing Journalism Amara al-Khatabi, editor of the Libyan newspaper Al-Ummah, who was sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly defaming public officials after issuing a list of allegedly corrupt judges. November 21, 2014 (Beirut) – A Libyan criminal court’s imposition of a five-year prison term on Al-Ummah…

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UNSMIL Announces Humanitarian Truce in Benghazi

 UPDATE: Benghazi truce fails as fighting rages across the city 19 November 2014 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino Leon has announced that the different parties to the conflict in Benghazi have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian truce in the…

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Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

Editorial Comment: Regardless of what they may say today now that the country is in ruins, it was Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch who were among the most vocal supporters of military intervention in 2011. Universal Periodic Review Of Libya: Was The Case For R2P Based On Fraud ? By Julian Teil Libya And…

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Violent Clashes at Mitiga Base Coincide with Transfer of Defendants from Misrata to Show Trial

Editorial Comment: Mitiga Base Following Sunday’s Violent Clashes At least 2 people were killed and several injured during violent clashes at Mitiga base on Sunday. This occurred the same day that a mock trial was held in Tripoli and prisoners were being transported to Hadba Prison through Mitiga from Misrata, and one unnamed prisoner who…

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More than 100,000 Libyans flee fighting over past month

FULL REPORT: UNHCR POSITION ON RETURNS TO LIBYA GENEVA, November 14 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday reported that intense fighting among rival armed groups in western, eastern and south-eastern Libya has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in the past month. The stepped up conflict is centred on the…