11 Jan 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on Libya

NPWJ press release

Peninsular Perspectives: Human rights and accountability in the UAE and the region
Washington DC, USA, 15 January 2019, 11 Jan 2019

The American Society of International Law, No Peace without Justice, and the Yemen Peace Project present:
At a time of global attention on the Gulf Region and the catastrophic conflict in Yemen, the human rights and humanitarian situation both within the UAE and beyond its borders have been in the headlines. This event will explore the current situation on the ground and the prospects for promoting human rights compliance and accountability in challenging times.

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Articles

Libya's militias should not run prisons: UN chief
France 24, 10 Jan 2019

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias, some of whom run migrant-smuggling networks. Guterres said in a report to the Security Council released Thursday that torture and arbitrary detention is widespread in Libya.

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Security threats lead to evacuation of several headquarters in Libya's capital
The Libya Observer, 10 Jan 2019

Security apparatuses in Libya's capital Tripoli evacuated on Thursday morning the High Council of State's (HCS) headquarters at Radisson Blu hotel and the HCS's secretary office in Tariq Al-Sikka over reports of a security threat, sources from the HCS told The Libya Observer. Other sources also reported that employees of Dat Al-Emad complex had been evacuated and security personnel had ringed the area over a possible "terrorist threat."

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West 'risks helping political hijack of Libya's peace talks'
The Guardian, 10 Jan 2019

Libya risks losing its final chance to find a peaceful solution to four years of deadlock because political parties backed by the west are plotting to hijack crucial talks, a former Libyan diplomat has told the UN. The warning from the country’s former ambassador to the UN Ibrahim Dabbashi was issued in an open letter to Ghassan Salamé, the UN special envoy for Libya.

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Exclusive: Glencore loses exclusive rights to major Libyan oil grades
Reuters, 10 Jan 2019

Trading and mining giant Glencore (GLEN.L) has lost its exclusive marketing rights for two of Libya’s main crude oil export grades after holding them since late 2015, trading sources with direct knowledge said. In a sign of renewed international confidence in Libya’s oil industry, BP (BP.L) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.AS) returned to lifting directly from the country last year, initially taking other grades.

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