Why the ICC May Turn Its Attention to Crimes Against Migrants in Libya

Migrants sit on the deck of a rescue vessel after being rescued on the Mediterranean Sea, 20 miles north of Zuwarah, Libya, June 21, 2017 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).
Migrants sit on the deck of a rescue vessel after being rescued on the Mediterranean Sea, 20 miles north of Zuwarah, Libya, June 21, 2017 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).

Last month, a militia that had been holding Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, announced he had been released in accordance with an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk. In response, Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, issued a statement calling for Gadhafi’s arrest so he could face crimes against humanity charges in The Hague. However, in a testament to the political and security factors that have dogged the court’s work in Libya for years, Gadhafi’s whereabouts are unknown, and he does not appear to […]

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