Security and countering violence

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, told the UN Security Council on Thursday that new technologies and strategies have brought justice to victims of grave human rights violations in Libya, including new arrest warrants, but that more work needs to be done to improve the situation.


Karim Khan said that so far four warrants had been issued and two more were in the process of being processed, highlighting this as a key step in recognising victims' rights to justice. He also said that if referrals from this Council are to be justified, it obliges everyone to step in and that partnerships are the key to justice. In 2011, the UN Security Council had referred the case to the ICC citing gross and systematic violations of human rights and expressing deep concern over the deaths of civilians.


Mr Khan also presented a report on the last six months of the ICC's work in Libya, saying that "tangible progress" had been made. This progress includes contacts with the Libyan authorities and the collection of more than 500 pieces of evidence, including video and audio material, forensic information and satellite images. In addition, the ICC team in Libya has intensified its work with victims and civil society organisations. The ICC Prosecutor also highlighted the use of innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and a new evidence management system to speed up investigation and analysis activities.