For years, the Libyan city of Tarhouna, which was recaptured by the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in June, was controlled by the Kaniyat militia run by the local Kani family, which operated alongside the Libyan National Army (LNA) East-based Khalifa Haftars.
The Libyan authorities dug 12 bodies out of four more unmarked graves in Tarhouna last month, adding to the number of bodies found since June.
After the Nato-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Qadhafi in 2011, Libya plunged into anarchy. The two dominant sides of the country’s conflict, the GNA and the LNA, agreed to a truce last month.
The GNA backs Turkey. The LNA is sponsored by Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Those international powers have been cited as providing weapons in violation of the arms embargo in earlier UN documents.
“Our future support is possible, but conditioned on the provision of irrefutable evidence of their involvement in the killing of civilians,” the Russian diplomat said in a letter to his Security Council colleagues.
“In their sanctions request, the United States and Germany wrote that foreign human rights organisations and the UN diplomatic mission in Libya, known as UNSMIL, have “received allegations of hundreds of human rights violations committed by the al-Kaniyat militia against private people, state representatives, captured soldiers, and members of civil society in Tarhouna.”
In addition, on Sept 13, 2019, UNSMIL confirmed multiple summary executions executed by the al-Kaniyat militia at Tarhouna Jail, the proposal read.