Twentieth report of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to the United Nations Security Council pursuant to Resolution 1970 (2011)

Asha Bajaj
8 min readNov 10, 2020

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Fatou Bensouda

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, presents her Office’s 20th report on the Situation in Libya to the UN Security Council, remotely through VTC ©ICC-CPI

10 November 2020

Madam President, Your Excellencies,

1. I am grateful for the opportunity to again brief the Council via video conference on my Office’s activities in relation to the situation in Libya even as the COVID 19 pandemic continues to present unique challenges across the globe including for the work of my Office. Notwithstanding, we remain resilient and productive in the face of these challenges and I am pleased to present my latest report to this august body.

2. I congratulate Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on assuming the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council and wish you, Madam President, every success in steering the essential work of this Council for the month of November.

Your Excellencies,

3. On 23 October 2020, we witnessed the signing of the ceasefire agreement by Libyan parties in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations. This is indeed a welcome concrete development. We call on the parties to assiduously implement the agreement to usher in the much-awaited peace and stability for the people of Libya.

4. Victims of atrocity crimes in Libya must be reassured that notwithstanding any ceasefire or future agreement, individuals alleged to be responsible for serious crimes falling under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) will be promptly arrested and surrendered to the Court to face charges for their alleged crimes.

5. Libya remains a high priority situation for my Office and our commitment to seek justice and accountability on behalf of the victims remains unshaken. Our investigations have significantly progressed since my last briefing to this Council in May 2020.

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