Aman Organization Against Discrimination (AOAD) has voiced concern over the violations, attacks on civilians and targeting of people based on their identities in Murzuq. AOAD said in a statement on Saturday that the attacks on civilians and vengeance assaults in the town in southern Libya hinder international efforts to strike reconciliation among all Libyan people. "Such attacks and conduct are against the international humanitarian law, let alone that they aggravate the humanitarian crisis in the region thus necessitating the intervention of the UN to evacuate civilians." AOAD called on the UNSMIL to assume its responsibility in protecting minorities in Libya. Meanwhile, Murzuq is seeing dire conditions as its hospital is suffering from lack of supplies and medics due to the siege.
February 23, 2019 18:00 UTC
“The LNA should investigate allegations of abuse by its members and hold those responsible accountable. It should also ensure safe conditions for Derna residents displaced by the fighting to return home.” Said Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson. "They should indicate the location of all detainees and the legal basis for detaining them and ensure them due process before a judge as quickly as possible." However, starving civilians as a method of warfare is a war crime. All parties to a conflict should facilitate the safe movement of civilians, in particular to escape a zone of fighting or a siege."
February 23, 2019 17:48 UTC
Fayez al-SarrajSHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Feb 23- Fayez al-Sarraj, the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and prime minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord, arrived in Sharm El Sheikh on Saturday to attend the first Arab League-European Union summit that will kick off in this Red Sea resort city on Sunday.President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will inaugurate the summit which is expected to see the highest diplomatic attendance rate at the presidential level from the Arab and European sides.The summiteers will discuss the challenges facing both sides, atop of which terrorism, illegal migration and transnational organized crime.Regional conflicts in addition to the Palestinian problem will also figure high on the summit’s agenda.The summit will tackle a host of political and economic topics including the Palestinian cause and other issues including illegal immigration and human trafficking will be also mulled.In February 2019, Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh International Airport is on high alert in preparation for receiving the high guests and heads of Arab and European countries, who are participating in the upcoming Arab-European summit due on February 24 and 25, said the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation in statement on Thursday.Minister of Civil Aviation directed the airport officials to coordinate with all concerned security and media bodies, the statement added.The first Arab-European summit will be co-chaired by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.On February 18, Sisi said that “Sharm El-Sheikh conference is a key step towards more cooperation that will be followed by other steps,” adding that the instability of some Arab countries led to the illegal migration to Europe.According to a statement issued by the EU, leaders from both sides will seek to strengthen Arab-European ties. They will also address a wide range of issues and common challenges, such as multilateralism, trade and investment, migration, security and the situation in the region.The meeting is expected to start on Sunday, February 24 and end with a press conference on Monday, February 25. It will take place in the International Congress Centre in Sharm El-Sheikh.
February 23, 2019 16:30 UTC
The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) considered the decisions issued by the Board of Directors of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) invalid, for violating the law. "The decisions were issued in the absence of the LIA's CEO, against the background of ongoing investigations with him by the Office of the Attorney General," ACA explained in a statement Thursday. The ACA requested the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the LIA to hold a meeting urgently, in the presence of the Board of Trustees to take action on these violations, according to the statement.
February 23, 2019 14:03 UTC
France is preparing to hand over six boats to Libya as part of its support for combating illegal migration flows. Reliable sources confirmed that France will send six 12-meter boats to Sri Lanka and then to Libya, where it is expected to arrive during the next spring, according to France's Le Monde newspaper. The move comes as part of France's efforts to combat illegal immigration across Libya, while Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières MSF accuses France of violating international law because of its refusal to accept illegal immigrants on its territory.
February 23, 2019 11:15 UTC
Member of the House of Representatives (HoR), for the city of Murzuk, Rahma Abu Bakr accused Haftar's forces of committing violations during their entry and control of Murzuk yesterday. The HoR member said that at least four of Tabu dignitaries were killed in addition to the burning of several houses in the city. "What Haftar's forces are doing is an ethnic war," Rahma said, calling on human rights and humanitarian organizations to immediately intervene to stop what she called violations against civilians, by preventing them from leaving the city.
February 23, 2019 10:52 UTC
Libya signed Friday the executive regulations of the Joint Operations Centre for securing the common border with Sudan, Chad and Niger. The final statement of the fourth ministerial meeting for securing the Libya-Niger-Sudan-Chad border held in Niamey; agreed to designate their delegates at the Operations Center as soon as possible, according to the Foreign Ministry's Information Office. Relevant state members discussed the actual implementation of the protocol signed in N'Djamena on 31 May 2018, calling on the coordination and follow-up committee to meet as soon as possible in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena.
February 23, 2019 10:52 UTC
Mayor of Bani Walid, Salem Anwir, said that maintenance of the city's airport is near finalization. This came during an inspection visit to the airport by the mayor and municipal council members. The mayor stressed the need for expediting the work and to upgrade it into a full-fledged airport that meets the needs of passengers, emphasizing the need to cooperate and maintain such a vital facility, according to him.
February 23, 2019 09:56 UTC
The Council of Ministers of the Presidential Council's (PC) government held Thursday its first extraordinary meeting for 2019 under the chairmanship of Fayez Al-Sarraj, in the presence of PC members, Mohammed Amari Zayed, Ahmed Hamza, and ministers of the government. The PC's Information Office clarified that discussions focused on the financial arrangements for the current year, noting that the meeting concluded to form a ministerial committee comprising the relevant sectors to communicate with the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) and the Audit Bureau, in order to study the proposal and discuss the technical comments thereon, in preparation for its adoption during the coming period.
February 23, 2019 09:45 UTC
Khalifa Haftar's self-styled army claimed control over the city of Muzurk in south-west Libya Friday, following battles with the South Protection Force of Tabu. The military information division of Haftar's forces said that the move comes within the operations of "clearing the south", adding that it had seized vehicles and weapons from the Chadian gangs and had captured many of their fighters. A local source confirmed the withdrawal of the South Protection Force from Murzuk to an unknown destination in the desert. Haftar's forces have intensified their ground and air attacks on the town of Murzuk three days ago, from within the area of Ghadwa south of Sabha.
February 23, 2019 09:45 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) said democracy and political stability in the Middle East cannot be promoted over the dead bodies of Yemenis, Syrians, Iraqis and others, and it cannot be built upon the rubble of bombed-out cities. Indeed, the Middle East has experienced almost two decades of continuous war. It is time for killing to stop; it is time to start rebuilding Yemen again,” he said. And they are doing this without any regard to international conventions or even to their own laws. “Let’s call a spade a spade; It is utterly hypocritical to talk about human rights and democracy while participating in the mass murder of innocent civilians,” he said.
February 23, 2019 07:41 UTC
After failed attempts to travel to Europe by different illegal channels by some Nigerians, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has once again received 164 returnees. The returnees were once again repatriated from the North African country, Libya after being stranded in that country for months and possibly years. The returnees were brought back onboard of a chartered Al Burag Airline Boeing 737-800 flight number 89 with registration number 5A-DMG. The returnees consisted of 71 female adults, 17 female children and six female infants. Amongst them were three returnees with medical cases and a pregnant woman who started having labour of child birth upon arrival in Nigeria.
February 23, 2019 05:03 UTC
A look the SNC-Lavalin file, the remediation-agreement regime and the attorney general's powers:The SNC-Lavalin caseThe Montreal-based engineering firm faces corruption and fraud charges over allegations it resorted to bribery while pursuing business in Libya. Should the judge approve the agreement, the criminal prosecution would be put on hold. The controversyIn early September, the federal prosecution service informed SNC-Lavalin it would not invite the firm to negotiate a remediation agreement. "An attorney general that's not comfortable that this is appropriate is not going to do it, because they're going to be exposed, ultimately," Quaid said. David Lametti, the Montreal MP who replaced Wilson-Raybould as attorney general, has indicated that he has not ruled out directing the prosecution service to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin.
February 22, 2019 23:03 UTC
Increasingly around the world, universities are seeing their budgets slashed. Bigger and more established universities, especially those with research facilities, may already receive funding from large companies for a particular line of research. But LSE is not the first university to receive money from questionable personalities, nor will it be the last. Universities need donations to survive in the competitive world of academic funding, and donors are keen to whitewash their reputations. Similar honorary degrees from other universities were also awarded to Rosmah Mansor and former Sarawak chief minister Taib Mahmud.
February 22, 2019 22:52 UTC
MONTREAL — Amid an ongoing scandal that has rocked the Liberal government in Ottawa, the head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said he's tired of seeing his employees "used as a puck in a political hockey game." The Montreal-based company's loss for its fourth quarter amounted to $9.11 per diluted share. That compared with a profit of $52.4 million or 30 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017. On an adjusted basis, SNC reported a loss of $1.31 per diluted share compared with an adjusted profit of 98 cents per diluted share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a loss of $1.19 per diluted share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.
February 22, 2019 20:37 UTC