Citizens from Misurata gathered on Sunday evening to voice their rejection of the Security Council's decision to impose sanctions on the Commander of Al-Samoud Brigade and member of the former General National Congress Brigadier-General Salah Badi. In a statement issued during the stand, the protesters denounced what they described as “the use of double standards by the international community in the Libyan file”, considering that imposing sanctions on Badi is selective and inequitable. "The United Nations Mission in Libya and the bodies emanating from the Skhirat agreement remained closed-lipped about the abduction and imprisonment of revolutionaries who had a primary role in the 17 February Revolution. They also turned a blind eye to the crimes and acts committed by the armed groups in Tripoli," the statement read, adding that the major countries involved in the Libyan file do not want the stability of Libya as much as the interest of these countries.
November 19, 2018 12:22 UTC
The General Electricity Company of Libya GECOL urged the Ministry of Interior and all security authorities in Zliten to secure the electrical grid, which is being subjected to a "daily-acts" of theft and sabotage, leading to power outages in some areas. The company explained in a statement that the attacks on the network are still ongoing, the latest was the looting of 300 meters of power lines south of Zliten about two days ago by an unknown group. On November 06, the GECOL clarified that an armed group had damaged the public network in the city of Zliten by stealing 2,700 meters of electrical wiring in the Magar area south of Zliten.
The former Chief of the Military Council of Sabratha Tahir Al-Gharabli confirmed his release from the military prison three days after his “arrest” at Dahman checkpoint in Sabratha, noting that he is in good health. Al-Gharabli explained that he was released in accordance with the legal procedures followed by the Attorney General's Office, calling for the empowerment of the rule of law and not to make random accusations, but to give precedence to the language of logic and reason, away from personal interests and malicious matters, as he put it.
The Ministry of Interior said that the Office of Human Rights Affairs, recently created by the ministry, will provide protection to citizens, and will be a legal guarantee of their rights. The ministry confirmed, through its Facebook page, Sunday, that the office will carry out training programs and awareness for police personnel to qualify them in terms of the legal codes of behaviour and the rules of fair trial. The Ministry added that the office would enable its members to provide legal guarantees to persons when they were arrested, searched and detained; to preserve and protect their dignity and preserve their rights, within the framework of the application of laws and respect for the principles of human rights.
The Head of the Investigations Bureau of the Attorney General's Office Siddiq Al-Sour, affirmed Sunday that the Public Prosecution is working to address the issue of illegal immigrants, refusing to disembark the ship docked at Misurata Port. Al-Sour told The Libya Observer that the prosecution is investing all peaceful means to negotiate with the migrants to reach a solution on their situation. The 80 migrants arrived at the port of Misurata about nine days ago, after being rescued from the middle of the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe and were returned to Libya via the ship Niven.
November 19, 2018 10:18 UTC
Eighteen civil society organizations have called on the government to enforce the law on speed limits and respect for traffic lights on the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The organizations demanded in a statement on Sunday the government to oblige citizens to use the seat belt and child chairs in vehicles, as well as helmets for motorcycles and the prevention of the use of phones while driving. The statement also demanded not to allow the supply or use of worn out vehicles and to increase attention to the road-worthiness of vehicle standards through periodic technical inspections.
November 19, 2018 10:18 UTC
The Joint Commission tasked to unify the oversight work of the audit bureaus of Al-Bayda and Tripoli has announced the completion of its work yesterday. The Tripoli-based Audit Bureau clarified on Facebook that the committee stressed the unity of the Audit Bureau and to abide by the laws and professional standards in its performance of technical tasks independently and impartially. The Joint Commission affirmed that the Audit Bureau maintains its right alone in the financial control of public funds in accordance with the constitutional declaration and the law. The Committee concluded an agreement to unify the control procedures imposed on important files related to public affairs, and the effective control of public funds.
November 19, 2018 10:07 UTC
The Head of the dialogue committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) Abdelsalam Nasiya told reporters that the HoR and the High Council of State (HCS) are pursuing in reorganizing the Presidential Council (PC) to become headed by one President and two deputies. Nasiya added that the committees chosen to carry out the reorganization work have set up a timeline to meet with HOR and HCS electoral commission' members as per the agreement signed lately. The agreement between the HCs and HoR says 40 members from each council will have to agree on a candidate for the PC from each of the three regions in Libya. The HCS announced previously that the timeline of the reorganization work was put on hold till after Palermo Conference, which ended last Tuesday. Meanwhile, some HCS see the reorganization of the PC's agreement as a political maneuver by the HoR to remain in power.
November 18, 2018 20:03 UTC
Here is a recap of Sunday news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acMaiteeq reviews security situation in Khoms Port with city's Mayor http://lyo.ly/bt9Rescued migrants refuse to leave ship insisting to disembark in Italy http://lyo.ly/btaItaly's Embassy hands over medical supplies and equipment to Janzur Hospital #Libya" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">#Libya http://lyo.ly/btbTribal fighting in southwestern Libya ends http://lyo.ly/btcUniversity workers go on strike http://lyo.ly/btdMayor of Ghat confirms rescue of tourist convey to Acacus Mountains http://lyo.ly/bteAmerican medical team conducts first heart surgery in Tobruk Medical Centre http://lyo.ly/btfIOM in Libya repatriates 166 Nigerian migrants http://lyo.ly/btgFormer Benghazi mayor remains abducted as his son freed http://lyo.ly/btt14th Arab Shooting Championship http://lyo.ly/btnWorkers of civil aviation authority go on strike threatening to pause Libya's air traffic http://lyo.ly/btvHead of Libya's HoR dialogue committee says reorganizing Presidential Council underway http://lyo.ly/bty
November 18, 2018 19:49 UTC
Two syndicates at the Civil Aviation Authority went on a strike on Sunday morning and said will continue till their demands of better salaries are met. The syndicates sent a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority saying that after a meeting at the authority, they had decided to organize a strike due to low salaries and gaps between workers' salaries as well. "We call on the Head of the Civil Aviation Authority to take the needed measures and inform the airliners of the date of the strike as we are not responsible for any repercussions coming from lack of actions on your part." Al-Kouni also said that the workers want a new financial outline by the Civil Aviation Authority, saying the strike will go on till their goals are achieved. Meanwhile, air traffic has been operating normally as the air traffic control department has not joined the strike, which to Al-Kouni is illegal and disastrous because it jeopardizes the safety of passengers.
November 18, 2018 19:41 UTC
The sister of Ahmed Al-Araibi - the former mayor of Benghazi - said Sunday that Al-Araibi's son was freed while Al-Araibi himself remains abducted. The Benghazi former mayor was kidnapped on October 02 along with his son by unknown armed group. The fate of the former mayor is yet to be revealed, knowing that he has been kidnapped for over 45 days. The Tobruk-based parliament and relatives of Al-Araibi issued statements calling for revelation of his fate and his immediate release. Many activists have earlier confirmed that Al-Araibi was abducted by Brigade 106 led by Khalifa Haftar's sons over his criticism of the robbing of Central Bank of Libya's money in Benghazi by Haftar's sons and relatives.
November 18, 2018 19:18 UTC
Tobruk Medical Centre announced Thursday the first paediatric heart surgery performed by an American team of Novick Cardiac Alliance, who is visiting the Centre for a specific period to conduct a number of important operations, noting that the operation was successful and the child who underwent the surgery was in good condition. The two-year-old child was suffering from ventricular septal defects, which required his transfer from Rajma district in Benghazi to Tobruk Hospital to undergo an urgent surgery after the arrival of the medical team to the centre. The American medical team arrived at Tobruk Medical Centre on November 12 to perform a number of heart surgeries for children.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya has announced the departure of 116 Nigerian migrants who wish to return home via the organization's voluntary repatriation program. The organization confirmed that its medical staff concerned with the safety of the migrants were present all time, during the consultation sessions and before the flight departure to look into the needs of the migrants, noting that the return of migrants was supported by the European Union Trust Fund.
The Mayor of Ghat Taher al-Kabash confirmed the rescue of all members of the tourist convoy, which was subjected to an armed robbery and abduction on Friday in the mountains of Acacus by unidentified gunmen. Al-Kabash pointed out that locals from Ghat and other neighbouring areas organized a search operation in the desert, during which they found all the members of the convoy without their cars. Al-Kabash added that the security capabilities in the region are extremely limited, explaining that the search operation was funded by local people who did not hesitate to provide all forms of support, including the price of fuel, which was bought from the black market, stressing that the Municipality of Ghat is striving to stimulate the tourism activity in the city amid the harsh economic conditions.
Clashes between the tribes of Al-Maqaraha and Mashashiya over ownership of lands in Abuqila area, south of Libya, have ceased since Saturday. The head of Mashashiya Shura and Elders’ Council Taher Dhaou told The Libya Observer that efforts are being made by the dignitaries and elders of the area to maintain calm in the region until the case is settled by law. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya has expressed deep concern over the confrontations, calling on all parties to exercise restraint and stop the escalation. The tribal fighting has left some people dead and wounded.
November 18, 2018 12:00 UTC