On Sunday, the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) voiced its great concern over the arbitrary detention of a number of Libyan individuals arriving in Mitiga Airport in Tripoli from Benghazi’s Benina Airport.
In a statement, the UNSMIL stressed the need to immediately release the eastern Libyan individuals who were arrested by GNA-affiliated armed groups, calling on the GNA to bring those perpetrators to justice.
It added that at least one person was followed to his destination in Tripoli and then arrested; others were allegedly arrested at the airport upon arrival.
The UNSMIL also reiterated that all Libyan citizens have the right to freedom of movement. Any illegal infringement of this right is a serious violation of Libya’s obligations under international law.
The UN mission believed that these actions aim to sabotage the good faith efforts to bring Libyans together, following the ceasefire agreement, calling for ensuring the freedom of movement fully respected for all Libyans.
On the other hand, the UNSMIL welcomed the decision by the Civil Aviation Authority to permit the resumption of flights to all airports in the Southern region of Libya.
This decision is a product of the confidence that has been built as a result of the October 23 ceasefire agreement and the follow-up talks of the Joint Military Commission in Ghadames on 2-4 November.