Russia prevents a UN Security Council committee from including
the "Kaniyat" militia on the blacklist of human rights violations.Published On(2020-11-21 17:36:00)
New York, November 21, 2020 (Lana) - Russia prevented, on Friday,
a UN Security Council committee from including the "Kaniyat" militia
and its leader, Mohamed Alkani, on the blacklist of human rights
violations, under the pretext that it wanted to see more evidence
first of their killing civilians.
According to the Reuters news agency that reported the news, the
United States and Germany proposed that the Libya Sanctions
Committee, which includes 15 members of the Security Council, impose
an asset freeze and a travel ban on the Kaniyat militia and its
leader, Muhammad Alkani.
In their sanctions proposal, the United States and Germany said
that international human rights groups and the UN political mission
in Libya, known as the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, "had
received reports of hundreds of human rights violations committed by
the Kaniyat militia against individuals, government officials,
prisoners and civil activists in Tarhuna.
It was reported that the Kaniyat militia under the leadership of
Muhammad Alkani committed enforced disappearances, torture and
murder, and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya verified that
the Kaniyat militia committed several executions in Tarhuna prison on
September 13, 2019.
Such a move must be approved unanimously, but Russia has said it
cannot agree to it.
"Our support in the future is possible, but it is conditional on
providing conclusive evidence of their involvement in killing
civilians," a Russian diplomat told his colleagues on the Security
Council in a note reviewed by Reuters.
Reuters indicated that the Libyan city of Tarhuna, which was retaken
by the Government of National Accord last June, was under the control
of the Kaniyat militia run by the local Alkani family, which fought
alongside Khalifa Haftar.
Last month, the Libyan authorities exhumed 12 bodies from four other
unidentified graves in Tarhuna, to be added to the dozens of bodies
that have already been discovered since June.