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  •   The UN Independent Fact Finding Mission on Libya has concluded its fifth investigative mission to the country an extended field visit to Tripoli which took place from 20 October to 21 November The mission was the FFM s first to Libya since the Human Rights Council extended its mandate from July 2022 to March 2023 During the mission investigators met with and interviewed witnesses civil society organizations and women human rights defenders They also conducted field investigations and met with Libyan authorities FFM Libya reiterated its request to access to prisons and detention centers to investigate alleged violations However the FFM has not been given such access to date FFM Libya has also not received permission from local authorities to visit the city of Sebha despite repeated requests FFM Libya is grateful to the Libyan Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Libyan Permanent Mission to the UN and to UNSMIL for facilitating its access to Tripoli FFM Libya will continue its work in Libya and will report to the Human Rights Council at its session in March 2023
    United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Libya concludes fifth investigative mission
      The UN Independent Fact Finding Mission on Libya has concluded its fifth investigative mission to the country an extended field visit to Tripoli which took place from 20 October to 21 November The mission was the FFM s first to Libya since the Human Rights Council extended its mandate from July 2022 to March 2023 During the mission investigators met with and interviewed witnesses civil society organizations and women human rights defenders They also conducted field investigations and met with Libyan authorities FFM Libya reiterated its request to access to prisons and detention centers to investigate alleged violations However the FFM has not been given such access to date FFM Libya has also not received permission from local authorities to visit the city of Sebha despite repeated requests FFM Libya is grateful to the Libyan Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Libyan Permanent Mission to the UN and to UNSMIL for facilitating its access to Tripoli FFM Libya will continue its work in Libya and will report to the Human Rights Council at its session in March 2023
    United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Libya concludes fifth investigative mission
    Africa4 days ago

    United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Libya concludes fifth investigative mission

    The UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya has concluded its fifth investigative mission to the country, an extended field visit to Tripoli which took place from 20 October to 21 November.

    The mission was the FFM’s first to Libya since the Human Rights Council extended its mandate from July 2022 to March 2023.

    During the mission, investigators met with and interviewed witnesses, civil society organizations and women human rights defenders.

    They also conducted field investigations and met with Libyan authorities.

    FFM Libya reiterated its request to access to prisons and detention centers to investigate alleged violations.

    However, the FFM has not been given such access to date.

    FFM Libya has also not received permission from local authorities to visit the city of Sebha, despite repeated requests.

    FFM Libya is grateful to the Libyan Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Libyan Permanent Mission to the UN, and to UNSMIL for facilitating its access to Tripoli.

    FFM Libya will continue its work in Libya, and will report to the Human Rights Council at its session in March 2023.

  •   This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade that was left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers standing near him were severely injured UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continued loss of civilian lives especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks The three brothers were grazing their sheep in the suburbs of Tajoura northwestern Libya when they found the grenade The youngest aged six tried to collect it causing an explosion and his tragic death His two brothers nine and 12 were severely injured with one boy losing his hand No matter where they are used explosive ordnance endangers civilians for many decades to come and in particular children said Michele Servadei Unicef Representative for Libya We call upon all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and to put in place measures to protect civilians in particular children At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents related to explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith Chief of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya s UNSMIL Mine Action Programme Although this is a decrease compared to the 65 casualties in 2021 it is still too many The risk to life of unexploded ordnance is real and the challenge of clearing Libyan territory and raising awareness on the dangers remains UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness on the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance UNICEF and UNMAS also call on the government of Libya and the donor community to invest more resources to scale up mine action activities According to the Humanitarian Response Plan currently 505 486 people are at risk of mines UXOs and ERWs
    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Concerned by the Continued Loss of Civilian Lives due to Unexploded Ordnance in Populated Areas
      This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade that was left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers standing near him were severely injured UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continued loss of civilian lives especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks The three brothers were grazing their sheep in the suburbs of Tajoura northwestern Libya when they found the grenade The youngest aged six tried to collect it causing an explosion and his tragic death His two brothers nine and 12 were severely injured with one boy losing his hand No matter where they are used explosive ordnance endangers civilians for many decades to come and in particular children said Michele Servadei Unicef Representative for Libya We call upon all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and to put in place measures to protect civilians in particular children At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents related to explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith Chief of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya s UNSMIL Mine Action Programme Although this is a decrease compared to the 65 casualties in 2021 it is still too many The risk to life of unexploded ordnance is real and the challenge of clearing Libyan territory and raising awareness on the dangers remains UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness on the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance UNICEF and UNMAS also call on the government of Libya and the donor community to invest more resources to scale up mine action activities According to the Humanitarian Response Plan currently 505 486 people are at risk of mines UXOs and ERWs
    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Concerned by the Continued Loss of Civilian Lives due to Unexploded Ordnance in Populated Areas
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    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Concerned by the Continued Loss of Civilian Lives due to Unexploded Ordnance in Populated Areas

    This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade that was left behind by the warring parties in the conflict.

    His two brothers, standing near him, were severely injured.

    UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continued loss of civilian lives, especially children, from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks.

    The three brothers were grazing their sheep in the suburbs of Tajoura, northwestern Libya, when they found the grenade.

    The youngest, aged six, tried to collect it, causing an explosion and his tragic death.

    His two brothers, nine and 12, were severely injured, with one boy losing his hand.

    “No matter where they are used, explosive ordnance endangers civilians for many decades to come and, in particular children,” said Michele Servadei, Unicef Representative for Libya.

    “We call upon all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and to put in place measures to protect civilians, in particular children”.

    “At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents related to explosive remnants of war,” said Justin Smith, Chief of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya’s (UNSMIL) Mine Action Programme.

    “Although this is a decrease compared to the 65 casualties in 2021, it is still too many.

     The risk to life of unexploded ordnance is real, and the challenge of clearing Libyan territory and raising awareness on the dangers remains.”UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners  to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people  to raise awareness on the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance.

    UNICEF and UNMAS also call on the government of Libya and the donor community to invest more resources to scale-up mine action activities. 

    According to the Humanitarian Response Plan, currently 505,486 people are at risk of mines, UXOs and ERWs.

  •   The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya
      The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya
    Foreign1 week ago

    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya

    - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya, urging Libyans to be aware of the danger.

    "This week, another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict. His two brothers, who were close to him, were seriously injured," the UN agencies said in a statement. .

    "UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life, especially children, from explosive remnants of war, and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks," the statement said.

    UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance, the statement added.

    “We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians, particularly children,” said Michele Servadei, UNICEF representative in Libya.

    "At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war," said Justin Smith, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Mine Action Programme.

    According to the Humanitarian Response Plan, 505,486 people are currently at risk from mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war, the statement said.

    In April 2019, a violent war between the eastern-based army and the former UN-backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli, lasting for more than a year, killing and injuring many civilians. and causing great destruction in the city.

    Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya
      The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya
    Foreign1 week ago

    UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya

    - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya, urging Libyans to be aware of the danger.

    "This week, another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict. His two brothers, who were close to him, were seriously injured," the UN agencies said in a statement. .

    "UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life, especially children, from explosive remnants of war, and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks," the statement said.

    UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance, the statement added.

    “We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians, particularly children,” said Michele Servadei, UNICEF representative in Libya.

    "At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war," said Justin Smith, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Mine Action Programme.

    According to the Humanitarian Response Plan, 505,486 people are currently at risk from mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war, the statement said.

    In April 2019, a violent war between the eastern-based army and the former UN-backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli, lasting for more than a year, killing and injuring many civilians. and causing great destruction in the city.

    Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   UNSMIL is alarmed by reports that more than 70 inmates at Mitiga Central Prison are on a hunger strike Inmates have been striking since October protesting the prolonged arbitrary detention of many inmates conditions of detention and ill treatment including denial of family visits and medical care In recent weeks reports indicate the treatment of hunger strikers has worsened in apparent retaliation UNSMIL calls on judicial authorities to investigate these reports immediately release all persons detained without legal basis and ensure the rights of all detainees in line with Libya s international obligations and national laws
    United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is Alarmed by Reports That More Than 70 Inmates at Mitiga Central Prison are on a Hunger Strike
      UNSMIL is alarmed by reports that more than 70 inmates at Mitiga Central Prison are on a hunger strike Inmates have been striking since October protesting the prolonged arbitrary detention of many inmates conditions of detention and ill treatment including denial of family visits and medical care In recent weeks reports indicate the treatment of hunger strikers has worsened in apparent retaliation UNSMIL calls on judicial authorities to investigate these reports immediately release all persons detained without legal basis and ensure the rights of all detainees in line with Libya s international obligations and national laws
    United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is Alarmed by Reports That More Than 70 Inmates at Mitiga Central Prison are on a Hunger Strike
    Africa2 weeks ago

    United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is Alarmed by Reports That More Than 70 Inmates at Mitiga Central Prison are on a Hunger Strike

    UNSMIL is alarmed by reports that more than 70 inmates at Mitiga Central Prison are on a hunger strike.

    Inmates have been striking since October, protesting the prolonged arbitrary detention of many inmates, conditions of detention and ill treatment, including denial of family visits and medical care.

    In recent weeks, reports indicate the treatment of hunger strikers has worsened in apparent retaliation.

    UNSMIL calls on judicial authorities to investigate these reports, immediately release all persons detained without legal basis and ensure the rights of all detainees in line with Libya’s international obligations and national laws.

  •   Efforts continue to get political leaders in Libya to overcome their differences so that long awaited presidential and parliamentary elections can finally take place the Security Council heard on Tuesday UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily briefed ambassadors on the ongoing impasse and other obstacles to the vote which was postponed last December Libya has been divided between two rival administrations in the aftermath of the overthrow and killing of former President Muammar Gaddafi over a decade ago Mr Bathily last addressed the Council in October shortly after arriving in the North African country to head the UN Mission there UNSMIL Dialogue towards elections He has been holding talks with key leaders reminding them of their moral and political responsibility to work to bring the nation back to peace and stability In the next weeks and months UNSMIL will endeavour to facilitate a conversation between the key institutional players in Libya as a step towards overcoming their differences and moving forward towards the organisation of free and fair elections said the envoy Engagement with relevant segments of the general population also will be stepped up as they will be paramount to exiting the crisis The accompanying support and pressure from this Council in particular and the international community at large speaking with a united voice under the coordination of the United Nations is likely to reap positive results he added Blocking progress Mr Bathily has been holding consultations with stakeholders from all regions across the oil rich nation to encourage dialogue The popular aspiration for peace stability and legitimate institutions is clear from my interaction with Libyans However there is an increasing recognition that some institutional players are actively hindering progress towards elections he said The genuine political will of these actors needs to be tested against reality he added noting that nearly a year has passed since the polls were postponed December also marks seven years since the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement a UN brokered deal on forming a unity government Risk of further turmoil Mr Bathily warned against prolonging the interim period as Libya could become even more vulnerable to political economic and security instability as well as risk of partition We must therefore join hands in encouraging Libyan leaders to work with resolve towards the holding of elections as soon as possible he said I urge this Council to send an unequivocal message to obstructionists that their actions will not remain without consequences Improve women s rights Libyan women also remain concerned about their ability to actively engage in the long awaited elections both as voters and candidates the UN envoy reported In the face of rising online violence against women UNSMIL is supporting women s groups which are leading a unified campaign to counter attacks I call for continued and consistent efforts to improve women s rights and to incorporate such measures in the laws of the land I am glad to note the active and positive participation of women and young people in my interactions with Libyans at the grassroots levels he said Ceasefire still holding Meanwhile a ceasefire is still holding despite continued escalatory rhetoric and the build up of forces on both sides However little progress has been made in implementing a plan on the withdrawal of mercenaries foreign fighters and foreign forces from the country Turning to economic developments Mr Bathily spoke of how lack of accountability transparency and equity in the allocation of resources remains a key cause of tensions He welcomed the Council s emphasis on the importance of creating a Libyan led mechanism to ensure oil and gas revenues are managed in a transparent and equitable manner and with effective oversight as outlined in a recent resolution
    Libya: Some leaders ‘actively hindering progress towards elections’, Security Council hears
      Efforts continue to get political leaders in Libya to overcome their differences so that long awaited presidential and parliamentary elections can finally take place the Security Council heard on Tuesday UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily briefed ambassadors on the ongoing impasse and other obstacles to the vote which was postponed last December Libya has been divided between two rival administrations in the aftermath of the overthrow and killing of former President Muammar Gaddafi over a decade ago Mr Bathily last addressed the Council in October shortly after arriving in the North African country to head the UN Mission there UNSMIL Dialogue towards elections He has been holding talks with key leaders reminding them of their moral and political responsibility to work to bring the nation back to peace and stability In the next weeks and months UNSMIL will endeavour to facilitate a conversation between the key institutional players in Libya as a step towards overcoming their differences and moving forward towards the organisation of free and fair elections said the envoy Engagement with relevant segments of the general population also will be stepped up as they will be paramount to exiting the crisis The accompanying support and pressure from this Council in particular and the international community at large speaking with a united voice under the coordination of the United Nations is likely to reap positive results he added Blocking progress Mr Bathily has been holding consultations with stakeholders from all regions across the oil rich nation to encourage dialogue The popular aspiration for peace stability and legitimate institutions is clear from my interaction with Libyans However there is an increasing recognition that some institutional players are actively hindering progress towards elections he said The genuine political will of these actors needs to be tested against reality he added noting that nearly a year has passed since the polls were postponed December also marks seven years since the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement a UN brokered deal on forming a unity government Risk of further turmoil Mr Bathily warned against prolonging the interim period as Libya could become even more vulnerable to political economic and security instability as well as risk of partition We must therefore join hands in encouraging Libyan leaders to work with resolve towards the holding of elections as soon as possible he said I urge this Council to send an unequivocal message to obstructionists that their actions will not remain without consequences Improve women s rights Libyan women also remain concerned about their ability to actively engage in the long awaited elections both as voters and candidates the UN envoy reported In the face of rising online violence against women UNSMIL is supporting women s groups which are leading a unified campaign to counter attacks I call for continued and consistent efforts to improve women s rights and to incorporate such measures in the laws of the land I am glad to note the active and positive participation of women and young people in my interactions with Libyans at the grassroots levels he said Ceasefire still holding Meanwhile a ceasefire is still holding despite continued escalatory rhetoric and the build up of forces on both sides However little progress has been made in implementing a plan on the withdrawal of mercenaries foreign fighters and foreign forces from the country Turning to economic developments Mr Bathily spoke of how lack of accountability transparency and equity in the allocation of resources remains a key cause of tensions He welcomed the Council s emphasis on the importance of creating a Libyan led mechanism to ensure oil and gas revenues are managed in a transparent and equitable manner and with effective oversight as outlined in a recent resolution
    Libya: Some leaders ‘actively hindering progress towards elections’, Security Council hears
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Libya: Some leaders ‘actively hindering progress towards elections’, Security Council hears

    Efforts continue to get political leaders in Libya to overcome their differences so that long-awaited presidential and parliamentary elections can finally take place, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. 

    UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily briefed ambassadors on the ongoing impasse and other obstacles to the vote, which was postponed last December. 

    Libya has been divided between two rival administrations in the aftermath of the overthrow and killing of former President, Muammar Gaddafi, over a decade ago. 

    Mr. Bathily last addressed the Council in October, shortly after arriving in the North African country to head the UN Mission there, UNSMIL.

      Dialogue towards elections He has been holding talks with key leaders, reminding them of their moral and political responsibility to work to bring the nation back to peace and stability. 

    “In the next weeks and months, UNSMIL will endeavour to facilitate a conversation between the key institutional players in Libya as a step towards overcoming their differences and moving forward towards the organisation of free and fair elections,” said the envoy. 

    Engagement with relevant segments of the general population also will be stepped up as they will be paramount to exiting the crisis. 

    “The accompanying support, and pressure, from this Council in particular, and the international community at large, speaking with a united voice, under the coordination of the United Nations, is likely to reap positive results,” he added. 

    Blocking progress Mr. Bathily has been holding consultations with stakeholders from all regions across the oil-rich nation, to encourage dialogue.

      “The popular aspiration for peace, stability and legitimate institutions is clear from my interaction with Libyans.

    However, there is an increasing recognition that some institutional players are actively hindering progress towards elections,” he said. 

    “The genuine political will of these actors needs to be tested against reality,” he added, noting that nearly a year has passed since the polls were postponed.

      December also marks seven years since the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement, a UN-brokered deal on forming a unity government. 

    Risk of further turmoil Mr. Bathily warned against prolonging the interim period as Libya could become even more vulnerable to political, economic and security instability, as well as risk of partition. 

    “We must therefore join hands in encouraging Libyan leaders to work with resolve towards the holding of elections as soon as possible,” he said.

     “I urge this Council to send an unequivocal message to obstructionists that their actions will not remain without consequences.” Improve women’s rights Libyan women also remain concerned about their ability to actively engage in the long-awaited elections, both as voters and candidates, the UN envoy reported. 

    In the face of rising online violence against women, UNSMIL is supporting women’s groups which are leading a unified campaign to counter attacks.

     “I call for continued and consistent efforts to improve women’s rights and to incorporate such measures in the laws of the land.

    I am glad to note the active and positive participation of women and young people in my interactions with Libyans at the grassroots levels,” he said. 

    Ceasefire still holding Meanwhile, a ceasefire is still holding, despite continued escalatory rhetoric and the build-up of forces on both sides.

      However, little progress has been made in implementing a plan on the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces from the country. 

    Turning to economic developments, Mr. Bathily spoke of how lack of accountability, transparency, and equity in the allocation of resources remains a key cause of tensions. 

    He welcomed the Council’s emphasis on the importance of creating a Libyan-led mechanism to ensure oil and gas revenues are managed in a transparent and equitable manner, and with effective oversight, as outlined in a recent resolution. 

  •   A United Nations delegation led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya traveled to Sebha Monday to meet with southern government officials tribal notables academics community based organizations women and youth The trip builds on SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily s efforts in his first month in Libya to listen to people from across the country about how the UN can best support a Libyan led solution to the political stalemate The SRSG who is also the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL visited Benghazi and Sirte in October The stability and security of the south is vital for the stability and security of the whole country SRSG Bathily said I was keen to come to Sebha as early as possible because I recognize the south s importance and unique challenges The focal point of the SRSG s programme was a townhall meeting during which he discussed with southerners the path toward elections sustainable stability territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Libya Participants demanded respect for human rights and the release of political detainees and stressed the importance of the transparent management of public resources during the country s reconstruction Ms Georgette Gagnon Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator joined the mission with the heads of the International Organization for Migration IOM the UN Children s Fund UNICEF the UN Development Programme UNDP and the World Food Programme WFP in Libya The DSRSG RC HC and the UN Agency heads met with municipal officials and civil society organizations to discuss how the UN can further support local peacebuilding efforts enhance social cohesion and create sustainable livelihoods in the south especially for women and youth The UN in Libya working with 23 partners including nongovernmental and community based organizations provided humanitarian assistance to 124 000 of the most vulnerable people in the south in 2022 UN Agencies are also working with municipalities and civil society organizations to support education health services food security child protection women s empowerment local governance migration management human rights and reconstruction The UN reinforces its commitment to supporting people in the South DSRSG RC HC Gagnon said We are increasing our work with local authorities and communities to tackle humanitarian human rights and development challenges in the region focused on community stabilization and economic resilience
    United Nations Delegation to Sebha Consults with Southerners on Stabilization, Peacebuilding
      A United Nations delegation led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya traveled to Sebha Monday to meet with southern government officials tribal notables academics community based organizations women and youth The trip builds on SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily s efforts in his first month in Libya to listen to people from across the country about how the UN can best support a Libyan led solution to the political stalemate The SRSG who is also the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL visited Benghazi and Sirte in October The stability and security of the south is vital for the stability and security of the whole country SRSG Bathily said I was keen to come to Sebha as early as possible because I recognize the south s importance and unique challenges The focal point of the SRSG s programme was a townhall meeting during which he discussed with southerners the path toward elections sustainable stability territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Libya Participants demanded respect for human rights and the release of political detainees and stressed the importance of the transparent management of public resources during the country s reconstruction Ms Georgette Gagnon Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator joined the mission with the heads of the International Organization for Migration IOM the UN Children s Fund UNICEF the UN Development Programme UNDP and the World Food Programme WFP in Libya The DSRSG RC HC and the UN Agency heads met with municipal officials and civil society organizations to discuss how the UN can further support local peacebuilding efforts enhance social cohesion and create sustainable livelihoods in the south especially for women and youth The UN in Libya working with 23 partners including nongovernmental and community based organizations provided humanitarian assistance to 124 000 of the most vulnerable people in the south in 2022 UN Agencies are also working with municipalities and civil society organizations to support education health services food security child protection women s empowerment local governance migration management human rights and reconstruction The UN reinforces its commitment to supporting people in the South DSRSG RC HC Gagnon said We are increasing our work with local authorities and communities to tackle humanitarian human rights and development challenges in the region focused on community stabilization and economic resilience
    United Nations Delegation to Sebha Consults with Southerners on Stabilization, Peacebuilding
    Africa3 weeks ago

    United Nations Delegation to Sebha Consults with Southerners on Stabilization, Peacebuilding

    A United Nations delegation, led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya, traveled to Sebha Monday to meet with southern government officials, tribal notables, academics, community-based organizations, women and youth.

    The trip builds on SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily’s efforts, in his first month in Libya, to listen to people from across the country about how the UN can best support a Libyan-led solution to the political stalemate.

    The SRSG, who is also the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), visited Benghazi and Sirte in October.

    “The stability and security of the south is vital for the stability and security of the whole country,” SRSG Bathily said.

    “I was keen to come to Sebha as early as possible because I recognize the south’s importance and unique challenges.”The focal point of the SRSG’s programme was a townhall meeting, during which he discussed with southerners the path toward elections, sustainable stability, territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Libya.

    Participants demanded respect for human rights and the release of political detainees and stressed the importance of the transparent management of public resources during the country’s reconstruction.

    Ms. Georgette Gagnon, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, joined the mission with the heads of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in Libya.

    The DSRSG/RC/HC and the UN Agency heads met with municipal officials and civil society organizations to discuss how the UN can further support local peacebuilding efforts, enhance social cohesion and create sustainable livelihoods in the south, especially for women and youth.

    The UN in Libya, working with 23 partners including nongovernmental and community-based organizations, provided humanitarian assistance to 124,000 of the most vulnerable people in the south in 2022.

    UN Agencies are also working with municipalities and civil society organizations to support education, health services, food security, child protection, women’s empowerment, local governance, migration management, human rights and reconstruction.

    “The UN reinforces its commitment to supporting people in the South,” DSRSG/RC/HC Gagnon said.

    "We are increasing our work with local authorities and communities to tackle humanitarian, human rights and development challenges in the region focused on community stabilization and economic resilience.”

  •   The political stalemate continues in Libya and the prospects for elections are bleak the head of the UN Mission there UNSMIL said at his first briefing to the Security Council on Monday Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily arrived in the country this month and has prioritized consultations with political institutional security and civil society representatives in an attempt to address these challenges The situation in Libya requires a process of relegitimation of the consensual State Legitimate institutions capable of meeting the basic needs of the people must be established on the basis of genuine political will In this process holding legislative and presidential elections is paramount he said Stalemate and violence Libya has been divided between two rival governments for more than a decade following the ouster and assassination of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 The Government of National Accord GNA is based in the capital Tripoli located in the west while the rival Libyan National Army LNA controls the east The signing of a UN mediated ceasefire in October 2020 paved the way for the long awaited elections in December 2021 which were postponed due to disagreements over the legal basis for the vote Last August deadly clashes between the two sides rocked Tripoli The crisis erupted in March after the eastern parliament selected a new government however the UN and internationally backed prime minister refused to withdraw No end in sight The political impasse persists with no clear end in sight to the long running impasse over the executive Mr Bathily told the Council Furthermore efforts to resolve outstanding issues related to the constitutional basis of the elections do not seem to lead to concrete action by relevant actors further delaying the prospects for inclusive free and fair elections aimed at putting an end to the transition and restoring the legitimacy of the institutions Listen to the people The UN envoy is holding consultations to devise a response to these enormous political challenges and there are still significant differences on how Libyans want to overcome the crisis In response to the almost unanimous condemnation across the spectrum of the presence of mercenaries foreign fighters and foreign forces in Libya and the continuing foreign interference in the country s affairs I stressed to all my interlocutors that the solution to the crisis must come from indoors Libya based on the will of the Libyan people he told the Council Mr Bathily urged Libyan leaders to listen to the aspirations of the people for peace stability economic development and responsive leadership Deadlock Affects Security Meanwhile while the ceasefire remains in place the political deadlock has negatively affected security measures The violent clashes in Tripoli caused a change in the balance of power in the capital and deepened tensions resulting in a fragile stability Despite the notable decrease in the mobilization of armed groups and clashes between them there are reports of ongoing large scale recruitment activities he reported On a positive note Mr Bathily said that the 5 5 Joint Military Commission JMC which brings together representatives of the two sides will meet next week in Sirte to discuss activities for further implementation of the ceasefire Addressing human rights Regarding human rights the envoy regretted that the situation in the country continues to be worrying Violations against migrants and asylum seekers continue with impunity while arbitrary detention continues as a common practice he said Mr Bathily called on the authorities to take immediate action to address the plight of migrants and refugees and to dismantle criminal and trafficking networks The Libyan authorities have reported that as of October 1 nearly 11 000 people including 55 women are serving sentences in prisons run by the judicial police Denial of justice In addition nearly 6 000 people are in pretrial detention including 113 women and 135 minors Overall these numbers represent a 40 percent increase from August Many of those in pretrial detention who make up a third of the total prison population are detained without access to justice These numbers do not include the approximately 3 243 migrants who are arbitrarily detained in government run detention centers he added Mr Bathily said that the Libyan authorities must ensure due process and a fair trial for those detained on credible charges He also called for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arbitrarily detained
    Libya: ‘Political stalemate persists with no clear end in sight’- United Nations (UN) Envoy
      The political stalemate continues in Libya and the prospects for elections are bleak the head of the UN Mission there UNSMIL said at his first briefing to the Security Council on Monday Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily arrived in the country this month and has prioritized consultations with political institutional security and civil society representatives in an attempt to address these challenges The situation in Libya requires a process of relegitimation of the consensual State Legitimate institutions capable of meeting the basic needs of the people must be established on the basis of genuine political will In this process holding legislative and presidential elections is paramount he said Stalemate and violence Libya has been divided between two rival governments for more than a decade following the ouster and assassination of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 The Government of National Accord GNA is based in the capital Tripoli located in the west while the rival Libyan National Army LNA controls the east The signing of a UN mediated ceasefire in October 2020 paved the way for the long awaited elections in December 2021 which were postponed due to disagreements over the legal basis for the vote Last August deadly clashes between the two sides rocked Tripoli The crisis erupted in March after the eastern parliament selected a new government however the UN and internationally backed prime minister refused to withdraw No end in sight The political impasse persists with no clear end in sight to the long running impasse over the executive Mr Bathily told the Council Furthermore efforts to resolve outstanding issues related to the constitutional basis of the elections do not seem to lead to concrete action by relevant actors further delaying the prospects for inclusive free and fair elections aimed at putting an end to the transition and restoring the legitimacy of the institutions Listen to the people The UN envoy is holding consultations to devise a response to these enormous political challenges and there are still significant differences on how Libyans want to overcome the crisis In response to the almost unanimous condemnation across the spectrum of the presence of mercenaries foreign fighters and foreign forces in Libya and the continuing foreign interference in the country s affairs I stressed to all my interlocutors that the solution to the crisis must come from indoors Libya based on the will of the Libyan people he told the Council Mr Bathily urged Libyan leaders to listen to the aspirations of the people for peace stability economic development and responsive leadership Deadlock Affects Security Meanwhile while the ceasefire remains in place the political deadlock has negatively affected security measures The violent clashes in Tripoli caused a change in the balance of power in the capital and deepened tensions resulting in a fragile stability Despite the notable decrease in the mobilization of armed groups and clashes between them there are reports of ongoing large scale recruitment activities he reported On a positive note Mr Bathily said that the 5 5 Joint Military Commission JMC which brings together representatives of the two sides will meet next week in Sirte to discuss activities for further implementation of the ceasefire Addressing human rights Regarding human rights the envoy regretted that the situation in the country continues to be worrying Violations against migrants and asylum seekers continue with impunity while arbitrary detention continues as a common practice he said Mr Bathily called on the authorities to take immediate action to address the plight of migrants and refugees and to dismantle criminal and trafficking networks The Libyan authorities have reported that as of October 1 nearly 11 000 people including 55 women are serving sentences in prisons run by the judicial police Denial of justice In addition nearly 6 000 people are in pretrial detention including 113 women and 135 minors Overall these numbers represent a 40 percent increase from August Many of those in pretrial detention who make up a third of the total prison population are detained without access to justice These numbers do not include the approximately 3 243 migrants who are arbitrarily detained in government run detention centers he added Mr Bathily said that the Libyan authorities must ensure due process and a fair trial for those detained on credible charges He also called for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arbitrarily detained
    Libya: ‘Political stalemate persists with no clear end in sight’- United Nations (UN) Envoy
    Africa1 month ago

    Libya: ‘Political stalemate persists with no clear end in sight’- United Nations (UN) Envoy

    The political stalemate continues in Libya and the prospects for elections are bleak, the head of the UN Mission there, UNSMIL, said at his first briefing to the Security Council on Monday.

    Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily arrived in the country this month and has prioritized consultations with political, institutional, security and civil society representatives in an attempt to address these challenges.

    “The situation in Libya requires a process of relegitimation of the consensual State.

    Legitimate institutions capable of meeting the basic needs of the people must be established on the basis of genuine political will.

    In this process, holding legislative and presidential elections is paramount,” he said.

    Stalemate and violence Libya has been divided between two rival governments for more than a decade, following the ouster and assassination of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

    The Government of National Accord (GNA) is based in the capital Tripoli, located in the west, while the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) controls the east.

    The signing of a UN-mediated ceasefire in October 2020 paved the way for the long-awaited elections in December 2021, which were postponed due to disagreements over the legal basis for the vote.

    Last August, deadly clashes between the two sides rocked Tripoli.

    The crisis erupted in March after the eastern parliament selected a new government, however the UN and internationally backed prime minister refused to withdraw.

    No end in sight “The political impasse persists with no clear end in sight to the long-running impasse over the executive,” Mr Bathily told the Council.

    “Furthermore, efforts to resolve outstanding issues related to the constitutional basis of the elections do not seem to lead to concrete action by relevant actors, further delaying the prospects for inclusive, free and fair elections.

    aimed at putting an end to the transition and restoring the legitimacy of the institutions”.

    Listen to the people The UN envoy is holding consultations "to devise a response to these enormous political challenges", and there are still significant differences on how Libyans want to overcome the crisis.

    “In response to the almost unanimous condemnation across the spectrum of the presence of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces in Libya and the continuing foreign interference in the country's affairs, I stressed to all my interlocutors that the solution to the crisis must come from indoors.

    Libya, based on the will of the Libyan people,” he told the Council.

    Mr. Bathily urged Libyan leaders to "listen to the aspirations of the people for peace, stability, economic development and responsive leadership."

    Deadlock Affects Security Meanwhile, while the ceasefire remains in place, the political deadlock has negatively affected security measures.

    The violent clashes in Tripoli caused a change in the balance of power in the capital and deepened tensions, resulting in a fragile stability.

    “Despite the notable decrease in the mobilization of armed groups and clashes between them, there are reports of ongoing large-scale recruitment activities,” he reported.

    On a positive note, Mr. Bathily said that the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), which brings together representatives of the two sides, will meet next week in Sirte to discuss activities for further implementation of the ceasefire.

    Addressing human rights Regarding human rights, the envoy regretted that the situation in the country continues to be worrying.

    Violations against migrants and asylum seekers "continue with impunity" while "arbitrary detention continues as a common practice," he said.

    Mr. Bathily called on the authorities to take immediate action to address the plight of migrants and refugees and to dismantle criminal and trafficking networks.

    The Libyan authorities have reported that, as of October 1, nearly 11,000 people, including 55 women, are serving sentences in prisons run by the judicial police.

    Denial of justice In addition, nearly 6,000 people are in pretrial detention, including 113 women and 135 minors.

    Overall, these numbers represent a 40 percent increase from August.

    “Many of those in pretrial detention, who make up a third of the total prison population, are detained without access to justice.

    These numbers do not include the approximately 3,243 migrants who are arbitrarily detained in government-run detention centers,” he added.

    Mr. Bathily said that the Libyan authorities must ensure due process and a fair trial for those detained on credible charges.

    He also called for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arbitrarily detained.

  •   His Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Libya Khalid Mohammed bin Zabin Al Dosari met with His Excellency the Acting Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Risdon Zeninga During the meeting they discussed bilateral cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the United Nations and the latest events in Libya During the meeting HE the Ambassador reiterated the full support of the State of Qatar to HE the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily in order to advance the political process and stability in Libya His Excellency also reiterated Qatar s support for the Libyan political path the relevant Security Council resolutions and all peaceful solutions that preserve the unity stability and sovereignty of Libya and achieve the development and prosperity aspirations of its brother town
    The Qatari ambassador meets with the acting head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya
      His Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Libya Khalid Mohammed bin Zabin Al Dosari met with His Excellency the Acting Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Risdon Zeninga During the meeting they discussed bilateral cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the United Nations and the latest events in Libya During the meeting HE the Ambassador reiterated the full support of the State of Qatar to HE the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily in order to advance the political process and stability in Libya His Excellency also reiterated Qatar s support for the Libyan political path the relevant Security Council resolutions and all peaceful solutions that preserve the unity stability and sovereignty of Libya and achieve the development and prosperity aspirations of its brother town
    The Qatari ambassador meets with the acting head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya
    Africa2 months ago

    The Qatari ambassador meets with the acting head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya

    His Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Libya, Khalid Mohammed bin Zabin Al Dosari, met with His Excellency the Acting Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Risdon Zeninga.

    During the meeting, they discussed bilateral cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the United Nations, and the latest events in Libya.

    During the meeting, HE the Ambassador reiterated the full support of the State of Qatar to HE the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily, in order to advance the political process and stability in Libya.

    His Excellency also reiterated Qatar's support for the Libyan political path, the relevant Security Council resolutions and all peaceful solutions that preserve the unity, stability and sovereignty of Libya and achieve the development and prosperity aspirations of its brother town.

  •  The United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL has urged all Libyan parties to refrain from violence and actions that may undermine the north African country s peace Following recent armed clashes in Tripoli that resulted in civilian casualties and widespread damage to civilian facilities UNSMIL underlines the importance of avoiding any actions or statements that undermine the fragile calm UNSMIL said in a statement UNSMIL called on the Libyan parties to resolve disputes through dialogue and reiterated that the current political impasse could only be resolved through inclusive national elections The mission reminded all the parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure including detention centres On Friday violent clashes broke out in Tripoli between armed groups loyal to Tripoli based Government of National Unity and those the government appointed by the eastern based House of Representatives the parliament which want to seize control of Tripoli The House of Representatives had in March approved a new government headed by former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha However the Tripoli based Prime Minister Abdul Hamed Dbeibah refuses to hand over power saying his government would continue working and only hand over office to an elected government Libya has been suffering political instability and chaos ever since late leader Muammar Gaddafi s fall in 2011 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN urges Libyan parties to refrain from violence
     The United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL has urged all Libyan parties to refrain from violence and actions that may undermine the north African country s peace Following recent armed clashes in Tripoli that resulted in civilian casualties and widespread damage to civilian facilities UNSMIL underlines the importance of avoiding any actions or statements that undermine the fragile calm UNSMIL said in a statement UNSMIL called on the Libyan parties to resolve disputes through dialogue and reiterated that the current political impasse could only be resolved through inclusive national elections The mission reminded all the parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure including detention centres On Friday violent clashes broke out in Tripoli between armed groups loyal to Tripoli based Government of National Unity and those the government appointed by the eastern based House of Representatives the parliament which want to seize control of Tripoli The House of Representatives had in March approved a new government headed by former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha However the Tripoli based Prime Minister Abdul Hamed Dbeibah refuses to hand over power saying his government would continue working and only hand over office to an elected government Libya has been suffering political instability and chaos ever since late leader Muammar Gaddafi s fall in 2011 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN urges Libyan parties to refrain from violence
    Foreign3 months ago

    UN urges Libyan parties to refrain from violence

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has urged all Libyan parties to refrain from violence and actions that may undermine the north African country’s peace.

    “Following recent armed clashes in Tripoli that resulted in civilian casualties and widespread damage to civilian facilities, UNSMIL underlines the importance of avoiding any actions or statements that undermine the fragile calm,’’ UNSMIL said in a statement.

    UNSMIL called on the Libyan parties to resolve disputes through dialogue and reiterated that the current political impasse could only be resolved through inclusive national elections.

    The mission reminded all the parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including detention centres.

    On Friday, violent clashes broke out in Tripoli between armed groups loyal to Tripoli-based Government of National Unity and those the government appointed by the eastern-based House of Representatives, the parliament, which want to seize control of Tripoli.

    The House of Representatives had in March approved a new government headed by former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.

    However, the Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah refuses to hand over power, saying his government would continue working and only hand over office to an elected government.

    Libya has been suffering political instability and chaos ever since late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s fall in 2011.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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