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Originally Appeared in Human Rights Brief
Human Right Watched reported credible evidence showing landmines are being used in Libya, particularly around the Tripoli airport. These sensitive landmines pose a serious risk to non-combatants, especially children. After the fall of the Gaddafi regime, many of the landmines formerly controlled by the military were confiscated or distributed to armed factions, who continue to use them against one another. Though Libya is not a party to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, given this extensive use of landmines in the post-Gaddafi civil conflict between rival factions, Human Rights Watch urges them to sign and ratify the treaty immediately. Though the transitional government has indicated it plans to do so, no serious action has yet been taken.
To learn more about this topic:
- 1997 Mine Ban Treaty
- Libyan Mission to the United Nations Mine Action Service
- United Nations Security Council resolution 2174 (2014) broadening the existing international sanctions on Libya