UNITED NATIONS: The recent trial in Libya of members of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime fell short of international standards, a new UN report has said.
In the report issued on Tuesday, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) recognised the challenge of trying former members of the regime, especially amid armed conflict and political polarisation.
They noted that the trial raised concerns such as serious violations of due process, including prolonged periods of incommunicado detention for the defendants amid allegations of torture which were not properly investigated.
“Holding perpetrators responsible for violations is vitally important but accountability should be the result of due process and a fair trial,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release detailing the report’s findings on the trial proceedings that examined violations of human rights during the 2011 civil uprising that toppled the long-time Libyan leader’s regime.
“This trial was a missed opportunity for justice and for the Libyan people to have the chance to confront and reflect on the conduct of the former regime,” he said.