The Straits Times
Published on Nov 09, 2012

Public pressure in Libya mounts for security reform: UN


UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - The fate of detainees held since the end of Libya's civil war is of "considerable gravity," the United Nations (UN) said on Thursday, and the government is facing growing public pressure to rebuild and reform the country's security authorities.

UN special envoy for Libya, Tarek Mitri, told the UN Security Council that after an attack on the United States (US) consulate in Benghazi on Sept 11 that killed the US ambassador, about 30,000 Libyans took to the streets to demonstrate on Sept 21.

Mr Mitri said the demonstration showed "public pressure is mounting on the government to act decisively and quickly to build and reform the state security sector institutions."

"While this large outpouring of public support underscores the urgency of the issue, it provides the news government the opportunity to move swiftly and decisively in advancing security sector reform," he said.