African Union condemns air strike on Libyan detention center

AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, above, reemphasized the importance of an immediate cease fire. (File/AFP)
Updated 03 July 2019

African Union condemns air strike on Libyan detention center

  • AU chairman called for an independent investigation on the matter
  • The hit on the migrant detention center is being blamed on Haftar and his LNA forces

ADDIS ABABA: The African Union (AU) Wednesday condemned an air strike on a detention center in Libya that killed nearly 40 migrants and demanded those responsible for the “horrific crime” be held to account.
In a statement, the chairman of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat called for “an independent investigation to be conducted to ensure that those responsible for this horrific crime of innocent civilians, be brought to account.”
“The Chairperson reiterates his call for an immediate cease-fire, and for all parties to ensure the protection and safety of all civilians, especially the migrants trapped in detention centers,” the AU statement added, calling on the international community to “redouble efforts” to bring the warring parties to the negotiation table.
The direct hit on the detention facility housing 120 migrants in a Tripoli suburb has been blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who controls much of eastern and southern Libya.
He has been trying for three months to seize the Libyan capital.
The internationally recognized national unity government based in Tripoli accused pro-Haftar forces of having carried out a “premeditated” and “precise” attack on the migrant center at Tajoura.
No one has so far claimed responsibility.


Pope Francis hosts historic meeting of Higher Committee of Human Fraternity

Pope greeted the members and heads of the secretariat of the committee and presented the members with a copy of the Document on Human Fraternity. (File/AFP)
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Pope Francis hosts historic meeting of Higher Committee of Human Fraternity

  • The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity consists of religious, educational and cultural leaders from across the world
  • The Committee expressed its gratitude to Pope Francis for his welcome and thanked the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb for his encouraging words

DUBAI: The first meeting of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity was recently hosted by Pope Francis at the Vatican, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

The inaugural convening of the Committee brought all members of the newly-established, independent body together. The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, first announced in August, consists of religious, educational and cultural leaders from across the world who are inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together that was signed in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, during the pontiff’s visit in February this year.

The meeting focused on establishing the organizational structure and mandate of the new body, as well as endorsing its independence as an advisory committee empowered to progress the goal of peaceful coexistence. The Pope greeted the members and heads of the secretariat of the committee and presented the members with a copy of the Document on Human Fraternity. He then expressed words of gratitude and commended the group as “artisans of fraternity”, encouraging them to be at the origin of new policies “not only of outstretched hands but of open hearts.”

After being received by the Substitute of the Secretariat of State, Edgar Peña Parra, the committee returned to Casa Santa Marta to start its work. The Committee expressed its gratitude to Pope Francis for his welcome and thanked the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb for his encouraging words.