Over ten thousand Libyans sign petition against UNSMIL-led process

Over ten thousand Libyans sign petition against UNSMIL-led process

December 20, 2020 - 14:30
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The President of The Democracy and Human Rights Foundation, Emadeddin Zahri Muntasser has sent an open letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in which he addressed the developments in Libya, chiefly is the settlement plan led by the UN mission to resolve the conflict.

Speaking to The Libya Observer on Saturday, Muntasser, who is also a member of the Libyan American Council for Public Affairs (LAPAC), said that his letter was attached with a petition, signed by over ten thousand Libyans, in which they confirm their rejection of the UN-led process and their right to sovereignty and freedom to choose who should be nominated to represent the nation in this critical period.

According to Muntasser, the petition represents the largest public expression of Libyan opinion since 2014, indicating that the list of signatories included is three times greater than the verifiable number of participants in any survey, event, or conference organized by the UNSMIL or the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, a step which will have significant resonance in the UN halls and among US politicians.

"The petition reflects the widespread public opposition in Libya against the political and military dialogue in their current form," Muntasser says.

He noted that the letter was forwarded to senior American politicians in Washington, pointing to the importance of public pressure, which should be expressed first by protests, and secondly by addressing international bodies, in diplomatic language, based on facts, not on emotion, to deter any attempt to include "war criminals, murderers, or corrupt persons" in the new government.

Muntasser called on Libyan civil society organizations, civil and political gatherings to support his letter of the Democracy and Human Rights Foundation and to issue statements in this regard.