The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) has welcomed the UN Human Rights Council's decision to extend the Fact-Finding Mission's (FFM) mandate in Libya for another nine months.

Commending the step, the NHCR stated Monday that the extension was a crucial step to address the current human rights crisis in Libya by strengthening accountability, ending impunity, and providing an opportunity for victims to report their suffering.

"The extension of the committee's mandate counts as support for the victims' rights to access justice, effective remedies, and reparation, and highlights the urgent need for strong international accountability mechanisms and the meaningful and equal participation of women and other marginalized groups."

It urged full cooperation between the concerned parties on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, calling on Libyan authorities to work towards overcoming difficulties encountered by the UN Fact-Finding Committee to ensure its success.

The FFM was established by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2020 with a mandate to investigate alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law committed in Libya since 2016.

On Monday, the HRC decided at the end of its 48th session to extend the mandate of the FFM in Libya for nine months to pursue its task, acknowledging the exceptional circumstances encountered by the mission during its function, including the Covid-19 pandemic and the liquidity crisis.