Human Rights Watch said that armed groups and some forces affiliated with two rival Libyan governments vying for legitimacy are committing rampant abuses against Libyans and foreigners with impunity, adding that since the eruption of pitched conflict in May 2014, armed groups unlawfully killed, disappeared, tortured, forcibly displaced, and arbitrarily detained and kidnapped people, for political, economic, or criminal motives.

Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch said the migration crisis in the central Mediterranean shows the rest of the world that it is ignoring Libya’s human rights disaster at its own peril, adding that stabilizing the situation in Libya requires establishing some measure of accountability for the rampant abuse being committed by various actors.