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19 Aug 2017 description

Responding to news that the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant today for the arrest of Mahmoud el-Werfelli, who is accused of war crimes for actions committed while he was Field Commander of the Special Forces Brigade (Al-Saiqa) affiliated to the Libyan National Army (LNA), Amnesty International’s North Africa Research Director Heba Morayef said:

19 Aug 2017 description


Situation: Libya
Case: The Prosecutor v Mahmoud Mustafa Busyf Al-Werfalli

Today, 15 August 2017, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") issued a warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf AL-WERFALLI ("Mr Al-Werfalli") allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya.

17 Aug 2017 description

Key figures

  • 226,164 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)

  • 267,002 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

  • 42,343 registered refugees and asylumseekers in Libya

  • 97,381 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017


USD 75.5 M requested in 2017


17 Aug 2017 description
report REACH Initiative


Since 30 July 2017, the military encirclement of Derna in East Libya has tightened, resulting in a deteriorating humanitarian situation for the estimated 100,000 people remaining in the city.

16 Aug 2017 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children is appalled at reports that an NGO vessel was forced to abandon its deployment to the rescue zone yesterday after being confronted at sea by Libyan authorities. These worrying reports of open hostility and threats against humanitarian actors underline ours and other NGOs concerns for the safety and security of our teams in the newly imposed Libyan Search and Rescue zone.

The vessel, run by Proactiva Open Arms, was operating 27nautical miles from Libyan shores, an area which many believe to be International waters.

16 Aug 2017 description

Tunis – On 15 August, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, organized a round table on Migrants Health in Libya as part of the regional project, ‘Promoting health and wellbeing among migrants in Morocco, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen.’ This project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

15 Aug 2017 description
report UN Security Council
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Letter dated 8 August 2017 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council

I have the honour to convey herewith a report of the Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the status of the implementation of the plan for the destruction of Libya’s remaining category 2 chemical weapons outside the territory of Libya (see annex). The report, dated 24 July 2017, covers the period from 23 June to 22 July 2017.

15 Aug 2017 description

At the 29th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa last month, the AU decided to accelerate its efforts to help negotiate a peace deal in Libya. This came as the AU was being sidelined by other international actors such as France. To implement its decision to convene a national dialogue of all role players, the AU has to speedily establish technical and analytical support teams, as well as raise the funds to cope with the rigours of brokering peace in Libya’s complex politics.

14 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

TUNIS, 14th of August 2017- UNICEF received €11 million from the European Commission to implement work for the most vulnerable children in Libya.

Across Libya, there are 439,000 children in need of assistance. Migrant children in Libya are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, including in detention centres.

13 Aug 2017 description

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, AUGUST 12, 2017—Libyan authorities have announced the establishment of a search and rescue (SAR) zone and restricted access to humanitarian vessels into international waters off the Libyan coast. Immediately after the announcement yesterday, Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome warned MSF about security risks associated with threats publicly issued by the Libyan Coast Guard against humanitarian search and rescue (SAR) vessels operating in international waters.

11 Aug 2017 description

Libya, 10 August 2017- The Government of Libya has signed a USD 3.5 million agreement with FAO to strengthen its technical and functional national capacities in agriculture. The project aims to build capacities and to ensure more efficient and effective governmental agricultural support services to achieve greater synergies and impacts.

10 Aug 2017 description


  • 226,164 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)

  • 267,002 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

  • 42,346 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

  • 95,088 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017


USD 75.5 million required for IDPs and refugees in Libya in 2017


10 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Statement from UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere, following his first visit to the country

TRIPOLI, 9 August 2017- “Six years since the crisis began in Libya, over 550,000 children need assistance because of political instability, on-going conflict, displacement, and economic collapse. Heavy violence in some parts of the country has forced families to flee their homes. More than 80,000 children are internally displaced and migrant children in Libya are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, including in detention centres.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

Migrants tell of torture, sexual violence and slavery in Libyan ‘hell'

Three quarters witnessed murder or torture and almost all of the women had been sexually assaulted

Rape, torture and slave labour are among the daily realities in Libya for people fleeing war, persecution and poverty, according to a new report by Oxfam and Italian partners MEDU and Borderline Sicilia published today.

07 Aug 2017 description

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Maria Ribeiro, expresses concerns over reports of severe shortages of basic necessities, including life saving medical supplies due to the conflict in Derna. This is has a negative impact on people’s health and wellbeing and, if prolonged, would lead to serious humanitarian conditions.

“I urge all parties to consider the safety and the wellbeing of the civilians a top priority and allow for the safe delivery of humanitarian supplies to ensure continued access to basic services, especially health”, said Maria Ribeiro.

07 Aug 2017 description


  • As of 28 July, 11,403 migrants have been rescued off the coastal cities of Azzawya, Tripoli and Subratah. 349 bodies have so far been retrieved.

  • On 20 July, one body was retrieved in Subratah.

  • Four days later, on 24 July, 133 migrants were rescued off Tripoli. On the same day, another 148 migrants were rescued off Azzawya.