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UK: Closing the impunity gap for atrocity crimes in Libya

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Thank you Mr President.

Mr President, I’d like to start by offering our thanks to the Prosecutor, Karim Khan, for his powerful briefing today on the occasion of his 22nd report on the situation in Libya. As this is the first time he is addressing this Council as the Prosecutor of the ICC, I’d like to assure him of my country’s support for him as he carries out his important duties.
The United Kingdom welcomes the Prosecutor’s report and his intention to visit Libya early next year. We urge the GNU to facilitate the visit and allow the ICC to investigate with independence in accordance with the Rome Statute and resolution 1970 of this Council. The United Kingdom is committed to providing our full support to the Prosecutor’s ongoing investigations in Libya, which are as important as ever at this crucial time in the political process.

We share the Prosecutor’s concern on the conclusions of the Independent Fact Finding Mission October 2021 Report. The report only serves to highlight the importance of the mission and to this end, the UK welcomes the renewal of the Independent Fact Finding Mission’s mandate. We call on the Libyan government to support the mission by facilitating unrestricted and unfettered access throughout Libya.

We share the Prosecutor’s on the conclusions contained in the October 2021 report of the Independent Fact Finding Mission on Libya. The report only serves to highlight the importance of that mission and the UK welcomes the renewal of the Independent Fact Finding Mission’s mandate. We call on the Libyan government to support the mission by facilitating unrestricted and unfettered access throughout Libya. We urge the GNU to put an end to crimes committed in detention centres and investigate crimes committed at Mitiga Prison, and the Gernada detention facility. The GNU should also investigate and address violence against women and girls, including the fates of the female detainees at Al-Kuweifya detention centre that remain unknown.

The United Kingdom takes this opportunity to commend the efforts of the Joint Military Commission to develop an action plan for ensuring the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya. The UK has been clear that their withdrawal should happen without delay and the Action Plan represents a Libyan-led practical step forward towards their withdrawal. The UK draws attention to statements of the Office of the Prosecutor that crimes committed by those foreign forces and mercenaries in Libya potentially fall within the jurisdiction of the ICC.

The United Kingdom is clear that civilians must be protected in conflict and that those responsible for violations of international law must be held to account. We are deeply concerned by the discovery of yet more graves in Tarhouna and encourage the GNU to continue its investigations, and take all possible actions to hold those responsible to account.

The UK has funded humanitarian assistance  to provide  psycho-social support and access to healthcare, and other basic services and  assistance for migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers.   The UK appreciates the cooperation that the Prosecutor’s office has been able to offer the national authorities in combating people smuggling and human trafficking.

We underline the importance of the process of national reconciliation and providing accountability and justice for atrocity crimes, and we encourage the GNU to work with the Office of the Prosecutor to achieve these goals. We reiterate our call for all relevant states, including both states parties to the Rome Statute and states that are not party to it, to cooperate with the ICC in the arrest and surrender of individuals subject to arrest warrants.
The UK fully supports the Prosecutor’s important investigation into the Libya situation that was mandated by this Council and we will continue to work with his Office and with international partners to close the impunity gap for atrocity crimes in Libya and achieve justice for the people of Libya.

Source: GOV.UK

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Cross River ‘In Pains’ As Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Dies

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Thursday in Calabar expressed regret at the death of Second Republic Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas.

He described the death as “a monumental loss’’ to Cross River in particular and to Nigeria in general.

Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday at a London hospital at the age of 80 years. He was born on May 21, 1941.

He was Nigeria’s senate president in the Second Republic between 1979 and 1983.

Governor Ayade’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, said in a statement that the governor remarked that Wayas left indelible footprints on the sands of time.

“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. The demise of Dr Wayas is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership.

“Since his retirement from active politics, the former senate president had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state,’’ the statement read.

Ayade condoled with the Wayas family, assuring that his demise was a collective loss and the pains a shared one.

“We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,’’ the government assured the deceased family.

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Cross River ‘In Pains’ As Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Dies

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Thursday in Calabar expressed regret at the death of Second Republic Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas.

He described the death as “a monumental loss’’ to Cross River in particular and to Nigeria in general.

Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday at a London hospital at the age of 80 years. He was born on May 21, 1941.

He was Nigeria’s senate president in the Second Republic between 1979 and 1983.

Governor Ayade’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, said in a statement that the governor remarked that Wayas left indelible footprints on the sands of time.

“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. The demise of Dr Wayas is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership.

“Since his retirement from active politics, the former senate president had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state,’’ the statement read.

Ayade condoled with the Wayas family, assuring that his demise was a collective loss and the pains a shared one.

“We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,’’ the government assured the deceased family.

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Xbox Game Pass December Update: New Releases, Perks and Every Game Leaving the Service

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The final batch of Xbox Game Pass additions for 2021 has now been announced, and there are some very enticing releases on the list.

Xbox Game Pass has experienced a ridiculously strong year, with major titles like Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Game Awards nominee Psychonauts 2 debuting on the service at launch. They’ve also had a few interesting perks scattered throughout 2021, including one that entailed its subscribers to a free Disney Plus trial.

Not content to rest on its laurels, Xbox is planning to end the year on a high note, with December having one of their biggest Game Pass updates yet. The headline attraction is obviously the Halo Infinite campaign, which lands on December 8, but there are a few other highlights as well.

For instance, Aliens: Fireteam Elite will be coming to the service on December 14, just in time for its second season of content. The multiplayer shooter is a great choice for those who want to hang out with their friends during a cooperative gaming session, especially if you all happen to be invested in the Aliens mythology.

On December 14, the new season will launch, bringing an extra “Point Defense” mode, challenge cards, weapons and cosmetics. So, if you haven’t already given it a shot, then now is the best time to (orbital) drop in.

Not to mention, Among Us will also be making its Game Pass debut in December, for both console and PC owners. Again, the social deduction game is another one that’s best enjoyed with friends, which is ideal because you will soon all be able to download it with ease.

December Additions to Xbox Game Pass

Below is a list of every new title that is coming to Xbox Game Pass in December 2021.

December 2

  • Anvil (Console, PC)
  • Archvale (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Console, PC)
  • Lawn Mowing Simulator (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Rubber Bandits (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Stardew Valley (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Warhammer 40K: Battlesector (Cloud, Console, PC)

December 7

  • Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator (Cloud, Console, PC)

December 8

  • Halo Infinite Campaign (Cloud, Console, PC)

December 9

  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Cloud, Console, PC)

December 14

  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Among Us (Cloud, Console, PC)

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks for December 2021

In addition to the new games, there will also be a few perks for Xbox Game Pass members.

Those with Ultimate tier subscriptions can get 10 percent off the brand-new Age of Empires III “Mexican Civilization” DLC. They will also be entitled to a New Year’s bundle for Dauntless, an Apex Legends RIG weapon charm and a World of Warships holiday expansion.

The most exciting part, however, relates to Halo Infinite. According to the official Xbox Wire post, Game Pass Ultimate members will be getting exclusive content for the blockbuster shooter every month from now on, starting in December.

The first of these perk bundles, which is available to claim from December 8, includes four XP boosts, four Challenge Swap cards and the “Pass Tense” skin for the MA40 Assault Rifle (which cannot be unlocked any other way).

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Image shows the exclusive “Halo Infinite” rewards for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in December.
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Games Leaving Xbox Game Pass in December 2021

As is the case with other streaming services like Netflix, content does not always stay on Xbox Game Pass forever.

Sometimes titles (mainly third-party ones) are sadly removed from the platform, meaning that you will have to buy them if you wish to continue playing.

These are the games that are leaving on December 15, 2021:

  • Beholder (Cloud, Console)
  • The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan (Console, PC)
  • Guacamelee! 2 (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Wilmot’s Warehouse (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Unto The End (Cloud, Console, PC)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Cloud, Console, PC)
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