libya

News in Brief 17 March 2021

  • Janssen #COVID19 vaccine given green light by WHO expert advisory board
  • Blood clot fears over vaccines not evidence based
  • Arms embargo on Libya totally ineffective, warns UN sanctions panel
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Libya arms embargo ‘totally ineffective’: UN expert panel

An arms embargo imposed on Libya by the Security Council in 2011 remains “totally ineffective” a UN Panel of Experts has said, adding that civilians, including migrants and asylum seekers, continue to suffer widespread rights violations and abuses. 

Libya: Security Council urges interim leadership to prepare for December polls

The UN Security Council on Tuesday called on the new interim leadership of Libya to swiftly form an inclusive Government and make necessary preparations for December’s presidential and parliamentary elections. 

Libya: ‘Historic moment’ as UN-led forum selects new interim leadership

The 74-members of the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) have selected an interim Prime Minister and President of its new executive council, marking what the UN Special Representative called another “historic moment” on the road to unification of the war-torn country and national elections in December.

News in Brief 1 February 2021

  • Military control ‘serious blow’ to democratic reforms in Myanmar: UN chief 
  • Libya vote offers renewal and reconciliation chance, says veteran UN negotiator 
  • Nicaragua: rights expert urges to improve protection of environmental defenders 
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Libya vote offers renewal and reconciliation chance, says veteran UN negotiator 

All Libyans have a chance at national reconciliation and renewal once the country’s representatives, who have begun meeting in Switzerland, vote on a new executive, UN negotiator Stephanie Williams said on Monday. 

‘Rejuvenation of Libyan patriotism’ deserves full Security Council support, says UN mission chief

The top UN official in Libya urged the Security Council on Thursday to express clear support for a new unified government in Libya, amid hopeful signs that a decade of armed conflict might finally be coming to an end.

News in Brief 20 January 2021

  • Central Mediterranean: 43 die in first shipwreck for the year, IOM and UNHCR report
  • Violence disrupting main supply chain in Central African Republic
  • UN agencies concerned over worsening humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
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UN calls for resumption of Mediterranean rescues, after 43 die in Libya shipwreck

Following another deadly shipwreck off the coast of Libya that claimed 43 lives on Monday, the UN migration and refugee agencies have called for countries to re-activate search and rescue operations.

Guterres commends Libya forum for breakthrough on interim leadership deal

The UN Secretary-General has praised the breakthrough made by a key committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum at the weekend, over an interim political leadership deal, ahead of nationwide elections at the end of the year.