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Interactive Dialogue with the Fact-Finding Mission in Libya
July 6, 2022

Interactive Dialogue with the Fact-Finding Mission in Libya Delegation of the United States of AmericaStatement by Ambassador Michèle TaylorHuman Rights Council 50th Session

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to the members of the Fact-Finding Mission for your reporting on the human rights situation in Libya.

Respect for human rights and pathways to accountability are key elements for restoring peace and the rule of law, and the Mission’s work has been key.

The United States commends the Libyan government for its support and cooperation to the Fact-Finding Mission and for presenting a resolution this session to renew the mandate for an additional nine months to complete its investigations and prepare a final report.  Facilitated access to the country will be vital for the Fact-Finding Mission to complete its important work within the next nine months.

We support victim-centered transitional justice efforts on the ground, as well as initiatives to appropriately identify, protect, and process remains and any other evidence found at mass graves in line with international forensic standards.

The United States fully supports this Libyan-led initiative and is proud to be a cosponsor and to have helped facilitate a successful outcome. We reaffirm our readiness to work with Libya, the Fact-Finding Mission, and all international partners to bolster human rights monitoring and promote transitional justice in Libya.

Question:  What steps can the international community take to strengthen Libyan-led efforts to promote transitional justice and accountability?

I thank you.