Terrorism and Human Rights Watch at Forum of Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) welcomes the deceleration of the Libyan ISIS as a terrorist group and prohibit its activities in the areas under the rule of Al-Wefaq government

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Sunday, 8 March 2020

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Terrorism and Human Rights Watch at Forum of Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) welcomed the Sanctions Committee of the Security Council, the UN decision to insert ISIS in Libya and number of terrorist organizations on the list of terrorist entities.

The institution emphasizes that ISIS in Libya is one of the most dangerous branches of ISIS, and it is active in some areas; Tripoli, Cyrenaica, Fezzan and Derna are of them. On 13th November 2014 appeared a video clip for some a group of gunmen in the city of Derna who pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS for the first time. At that time, al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of three branches in Libya: Cyrenaica in the east, Fezzan in the desert in the south, and Tripoli in the west.  

The Terrorism and Human Rights Watch warned against the terrorist organization’s exploitation of the presence of the Government of Al-Wefaq, which is lenient with the armed militias, to extend its influence within its affiliated areas and under its control in western and southern Libya after their expulsion from Beni Ghazi and Sirte following their defeat at the hands of the Libyan National Army forces. While the Government of National Accord ignores publishing Any security bodies on the southern borders, which made it easier for the terrorist organization to move between Libya and other areas in the south.

According to some Libyan security reports, the areas of Fuqaha’ and Zella, southern Libya, have been repeatedly attacked by ISIS bodies that committed murder, torture and looting. In April of last year, they murdered Abdel Kafi Ahmed, a member of the Municipal Guard in his country of Fuqaha’, and Ahmed Sassi the head of the local council.

The American Center for Security and Strategic Studies “Stratfor” warned of the possibility of the terrorist organization ISIS expanding again in Libya, due to weak security measures, and causing displacement of civilians in areas in western Libya. ISIS is considered responsible for many murders against civilians in Libya, and its members are also active in human trafficking, hostage-taking and killing them. Among them were 12 Egyptian Christian martyr workers, who were killed by the organization in 2015 on the basis of their religious identity.

The Terrorism and Human Rights Watch

pointed out that the decision of the Security Council Sanctions Committee was circulated to all signatories to the United Nations Convention against Terrorism. The notification included the establishment of the Sanctions Committee established pursuant to Security Council Resolution no.1267 of the year 1999, resolution no.1989 of the year 2011, resolution no.2253 of the year 2015, and subsequent decisions regarding the ISIS and Al-Qaeda organizations. The notification clarified that based on the committee’s decision, the following sanctions apply to the two entities, which are the freezing of funds and property in member states, the travel ban, and the arms embargo.

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