The U.N. mission in Libya said it was deeply concerned about a sharp increase in kidnappings and arbitrary arrests during the Tripoli conflict, including the abduction of two Libyan TV journalists on May 2 whose fate remained unknown.
International human rights law states that everyone has the right to liberty and security of person and no one may be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention," the statement said. International humanitarian law also prohibits enforced disappearances, like kidnappings and abductions. "
"All parties to the conflict must abide by their human rights obligations and the rule of law," the mission said. It also called on all authorities to "operate under the rule of law and ensure that arrests and detentions are entirely subject to genuine legal procedures and fundamental rules of fairness."
Since the beginning of the current conflict in Tripoli, the Mission has recorded a sharp increase in kidnappings, disappearances and arbitrary arrests, noting that "at least seven officials and employees are victims of arbitrary arrest or abduction in eastern and western Libya," noting that "the fate of all these victims remains unknown and others may have disappeared in similar circumstances. "