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UN Human Rights Chief Calls for Investigation into Libya-Tunisia Mass Grave

By WE WorldEcho

July 10, 2024

Credits @FFHR.CZ

GENEVA, Switzerland: The UN human rights chief, Volker Turk, addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, expressing grave concern over reports of a mass grave found in the desert along the Libya-Tunisia border.

Turk emphasized the urgency of the situation, urging Libyan authorities to promptly respond to inquiries and conduct a thorough investigation into these disturbing developments.

According to Turk, the discovery of the mass grave underscores the “widespread” violations against migrants and refugees in Libya. He stressed the importance of uncovering the truth about these crimes, emphasizing that the families of the deceased have a fundamental right to know what transpired.

Earlier in March, the International Organization for Migration reported the grim discovery of at least 65 bodies of migrants in a mass grave in southwest Libya. This revelation has further intensified international concern regarding the treatment of migrants and refugees in the region.

Turk’s address to the Human Rights Council highlighted the need for accountability and justice for victims of these atrocities. The call for swift and comprehensive investigations aims to ensure that those responsible for these heinous acts are held accountable under international law.

The situation in Libya continues to draw scrutiny from global human rights organizations and humanitarian agencies, urging concerted efforts to protect the rights and dignity of all individuals, particularly vulnerable migrants and refugees traversing through the region.


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