Libya has long suffered from widespread impunity for mass killings and other serious crimes. Since the 2011 revolution that removed Qaddafi, civil war has complicated efforts to pursue accountability for atrocity crimes. The International Criminal Court has issued several arrest warrants against those suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity as a result of the instability and violence the country has faced over the past decade.
The discovery last year of three hundred bodies in a mass grave in the provincial city of Tarhuna sent shockwaves through the country and the international community, bringing the Libyan humanitarian crisis once again to the forefront of the news. In this context, making perpetrators accountable will be essential to ensuring a peaceful transition of power as well as ensuring justice for the victims.
Please join the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, the US State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Tuesday, September 28 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET for a conversation on “Legal Reform & Prosecution of International Crimes; Mass Graves and Forensic Analysis; and Promoting Transitional Justice and Accountability in Libya.”
Kamal Abubaker President General Authority for Searching & Identifying Missing Persons
Said Benarbia Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme International Commission of Jurists
Marwa Mohamed Head of Advocacy Lawyers for Justice in Libya
Uzra Zeya Under-Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights U.S. Department of State
Tarek Megerisi Senior Policy Fellow European Council on Foreign Relations