Russia has thwarted a move in the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on the “Kaniyat” militia loyal to the retired Libyan Major General Khalifa Haftar, who is accused of committing atrocities in the city of Tarhouna, including the killing of dozens.
The United States and Germany, within the framework of the UN Special Sanctions Committee for Libya, have taken an initiative to freeze assets and ban travel on the Kaniyat militia and its leader, Muhammad al-Kani.
In their sanctions proposal, the two countries said that international human rights groups and the UN mission in Libya had received reports of hundreds of human rights violations committed by the Kaniyat militia against individuals, government officials, captured fighters and civil society activists, during their control over the city of Tarhuna (approximately 80 kilometers southeast of Tripoli) ).
They pointed to reports that this militia, under the leadership of Muhammad al-Kani, committed enforced disappearances, torture, and murder, during its control of the city between April 2019 and early June 2020.
The United States and Germany also said that the UN mission in Libya verified that the Kaniyat militia had committed numerous extrajudicial executions in Tarhuna prison on September 13, 2019.
To adopt sanctions against the militia loyal to Haftar, the decision had to be taken in the UN Sanctions Committee with a consensus of its 15 members, but Russia rejected the initiative.
Reuters quoted a Russian diplomat as saying – in a note addressed to his colleagues in the Security Council – that his country can support this initiative in the future, provided conclusive evidence is presented to the involvement of the Kaniyat militia in killing civilians.
A few days ago, more mass graves were found in Tarhuna, which raises the number of graves discovered since the defeat of the Kaniyas in Tarhuna at the beginning of last June to about 30, containing dozens of bodies. Most of them are in Tarhouna.
According to Libyan sources, many of the victims, whose bodies were found in the mass graves of Tarhouna, were executed by firing squad, and some were buried alive, while others were subjected to horrific torture by the militants loyal to Haftar.
On the other hand, Fathi Bashagha, Minister of the Interior in the Government of National Accord, discussed – Friday – with the Minister of the French Armies, Florence Parly, ways to enhance cooperation and joint work between the two countries in the fields of security affairs.
The two ministers also discussed areas of cooperation in the files of combating organized crime and terrorism.
The meeting comes as part of Bashagha’s visit to Paris to discuss ways to raise the capabilities and capabilities of the Ministry of Interior’s agencies.
For its part, the Ministry of the Interior said on its Facebook account that Minister Bashagha discussed in Paris with a number of security company officials in determining biometric identity for security and civil purposes, opportunities for establishing partnerships between these institutions and the Ministry of Interior in the Libyan Government of National Accord.
The ministry added that the aim is to develop biometric systems to verify identity in a safe and smart way, by recognizing the face, fingerprints and fingerprints, and to provide electronic panels for automated vehicles equipped with the latest technologies according to the highest international specifications.
The Libyan Ministry of Interior also indicated that the talks dealt with the launch of sensitive and advanced video surveillance systems for cities that provide smart solutions that guarantee, in particular, the rapid detection of threats.