United Nations Urges Respect for Freedom of Faith and Expression
Tripoli, 07 March 2013 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is deeply concerned by several recent incidents, including attacks on media organizations, threats against journalists, and violence against a Coptic church and other houses of worship. These acts violate fundamental human rights, particularly the freedom of faith and freedom of expression.
"The universal values of tolerance, moderation, and respect for differences are deeply rooted in Libyan society's religious and cultural heritage," Special Representative of the Secretary-General Tarek Mitri said. "These values should be the foundation upon which the new Libya is built."
UNSMIL commends the Libyan authorities' commitment to ensure respect for human rights and accountability for violators. UNSMIL calls upon political, community, and civil society leaders to deter incitement to violence against anyone based on their political or religious beliefs, ethnic background, nationality, or gender.