UNSMIL dismayed at threats to electoral process judges in Sabha
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement on Monday that it was alarmed by increasing reports of intimidation and threats against judges and judicial employees, particularly those dealing with electoral-related complaints, as well as against candidates, in a number of locations in Libya, singling out its concern about the continued closure of Sabha Court of Appeal, in addition to reported threats against the judiciary in there.
UNSMIL strongly condemned all acts aimed at jeopardizing the integrity of the electoral process, preventing Libyans from exercising their democratic rights in safety and in dignity,
"An armed group allegedly affiliated to forces controlling Sabha, has reportedly, again, violently obstructed the work of the Sabha Court of Appeal. The reports also indicate that judges were physically prevented from conducting their legally mandated duties, directly impeding the electoral process." UNSMIL explained
It also reminded all parties involved in obstructing the justice system that they are subject to criminal responsibility under Libyan law (criminal procedure code and Law. No.1 of 2021 on Presidential Elections) and may be subject to sanctions as per relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
UNSMIL reiterated its calls to relevant parties and authorities to take all feasible measures to facilitate the work of the judicial system with full respect for their independence, urging all relevant security authorities to ensure equal access to due process for all candidates and guarantee the safety and security of judges and judicial employees.
"The Mission warns against any action that could serve to deprive Libyans of their right to democratically elect their representatives and undermine the holding of free, fair, inclusive, credible, and transparent elections." The statement reads.