On 24 May 2012 Christine Weiss, President of Amnesty International Italy, denounced widespread violations of fundamental rights in Libya while presenting the organisation’s annual report.
In particular, she focused on the use of inhumane and degrading practices such as torture, and voiced her concern about continuing incidents of discrimination and xenophobia affecting ethnic minorities in the country.
Ms Weiss also denounced the detention of 8 500 people — probably former followers of Mu’ammar Gaddafi’s dictatorial regime — awaiting a fair trial to determine their judicial situation.
The European Parliament resolution of 10 March 2011 ‘on the Southern Neighbourhood, and Libya in particular, including humanitarian aspects’ was aimed at expressing a common wish in Parliament for the unconditional protection of human rights. In particular, Parliament urged ‘the EU to contribute to democratic reforms and the establishment of rule of law institutions in Libya’, as well as reiterating the need to ‘put forward proposals on how best to promote democracy and human rights’ and repeating ‘its request to be closely involved in the work of the task force established to coordinate the EU response to the crisis in Libya’.
Does the Commission not believe that the European Union and the governments of the Member States should intervene with the Libyan authorities to support human rights and fundamental freedoms in that country? What measures has it taken to ensure the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Libya? What initiatives will be undertaken and implemented by the Commission to achieve these objectives, within the context of its relations with Libya?