Mangoush accuses Amnesty International of ‘promoting atheism’ after denouncing pro-Dbeibeh militia – Libya Update News
Outgoing Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush accused Amnesty International, a renowned humanitarian NGO, of “promoting atheism and homosexuality” after the latter reported on human rights violations and abuses committed by the so-called Stability Support Authority, a government-affiliated militia. by Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh.
On Thursday, the Foreign Office issued a statement describing Amnesty International’s report as “blatant politicization and unwarranted escalation”. The ministry headed by Mangoush criticized the NGO for “abuse of cooperation” between the two of them while claiming that Amnesty International had not met with any state security representatives.
“This organization did not make any visits to the aforementioned security services and did not ask them about the violations or the activities they carried out before preparing the report,” the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Foreign Affairs.
“We consider this to be a continuation of the systematic prejudice that has been going on for years against the interests of the Libyan state,” he added.
“During its visit to the country, this organization did not provide any proof of its allegations and did not question the government before writing the report,” the ministry alleged.
The ministry went on to accuse Amnesty International of attempts to “spread ideas and beliefs that affect the social security of the Libyan state, by promoting atheism and homosexuality, and all of this is proven by the evidence of the services competent security authorities within the State”.
Published on May 4, Amnesty International’s report details the crimes and abuses committed by the Dbeibeh-backed Stability Support Authority, which the NGO calls a “militia” in its report. Amnesty International has specifically accused Abdel Ghani al-Kikli, known as “Gheniwa”, who commands the Stability Support Authority, of being involved in “horrible crimes – whether against migrants and refugees or against Libyans”.
Amnesty International said it wrote to Libyan authorities about complaints received against Abdel Ghani al-Kikli and his former deputy Lotfi al-Harari on April 19, 2022. However, according to the organization, “no response was received in time for publication”. [of the report]”. On the other hand, the Libyan Foreign Ministry claimed that the NGO had provided no evidence of al-Kikli’s crimes.
“The national unity government is still awaiting evidence from Amnesty International that the security services were involved in the operations alleged in the report,” the ministry said before threatening to “take action against the organization, including including legal proceedings, if the members of his delegation were not punished for having taken other paths for their mission”.
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