The 42 years of the Gaddafi regime have left Libya with an inheritance of human rights abuses, abuses of, and by, the justice system, discrimination, corruption and a lack of state institutions, which has resulted in a state void of the rule of law. The overthrow of the dictatorial regime marks a unique opportunity for the Libyan population to rebuild a state based on human rights, the rule of law and democracy. This is only the first step. Obstacles remain in the path towards establishing such a state. Key amongst these is a disenfranchised population that has no experience of participating in government, a people that has been stripped of its basic human rights and its dignity and a judiciary that has been systematically weakened and marginalised.
Working within this context, LFJL defends and promotes justice in Libya through the promotion of human rights, the rule of law and democracy through its four key programmes: