By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 10 September 2014:
The Libyan government has reaffirmed its condemnation of the continued assassinations, kidnappings , as well . . .[restrict]as the shelling of civilian areas and state institutions by armed groups. It has pledged to bring those responsible to justice.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, the government said the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) had deemed such acts to be in violation of international human rights and, therefore, war crimes.
The Libyan government considers the abductions and assassinations of lawyers, journalists, political rights activists and civil society leaders for the purpose of intimidation and manipulation to be acts of terror, the statement said.
Moreover, the government said that it would take full responsibility for ensuring that those who have committed “these heinous acts” face appropriate penalties for what they have done.
The militias that are working to destroy Libya’s unity must back down and quit the cities of Benghazi and Tripoli immediately, the government said, in order to establish a secure, peaceful state under the law. [/restrict]