UN voices "deep concern" about continued violence in Libya

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Tuesday "expressed its deep concern about the continued violence in the North African country, including assassinations, bombings, kidnappings and other attacks", Xinhua reported.

The UNSMIL said the ongoing violence there is a violation of human dignity and urged authorities to end instability in the country which runs counter to the values of rule of law and respect for human rights to which Libyans aspire.

"The UN mission calls upon officials and all forces to do their utmost to put an end to all acts which threaten stability in Libya, put the security of its people at risk, violate human dignity and undermine the values that Libyans uphold as they aspire to build a State based on the rule of law and the respect for human rights," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here, quoting a UNSMIL source.

Judges, members of the security forces, activists, civilians and Arab and foreign nationals have all been targeted, as have polling centers and buildings housing government and diplomatic missions, according to a news release from the Mission.

UNSMIL has been supporting the efforts of the Libyan government and people to ensure the success of the democratic transition process in the country, which has been under way since the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi in the February 17 revolution three years ago.

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