Destoori Daily

Destoori Daily will provide the lastest updates on Destoori activities and events. 


 

 

 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 24

TRIPOLI - PART 2

23 December 2012

 

Our Destoori team spent two days in Tripoli, where they conducted surveys and engaged in productive discussions with citizens. The Destoori team visited the Fish Market and Musheer Market. Many there stressed the need for security, to live with dignity, with freedom and the need to build a lawful state. They also believed that an impartial and independent judiciary was essential, as well as having an independent authority responsible for monitoring the work of the legislator, with the power to strike-down any laws violated human rights in Libya. In contrast, some citizens mentioned the need for Sharia to be a source of legislation, but at the same time they expressed the need for the concept of Sharia to be accurately defined. They believed that all concepts and phrases included in the constitution must be fully defined, to ensure no politician interprets it to further their own interest. Furthermore, citizens stressed that police and army should only function to protect the people, not government or any political body that wants to win power. Citizens also believed that as long as the legislative authority was constrained by the constitution through a supreme court/constitutional court, with the power to strikedown any unconstitutional laws, then Dar Al-Ifat’a should only act as an advisory body and only courts have the right to rule on any conflicts.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 23

TRIPOLI - PART 1 

22 December 2012

 

Our Destoori team spent two days in Tripoli, where they conducted surveys and engaged in productive discussions with citizens. The Destoori team visited the Fish Market and Musheer Market. Many there stressed the need for security, to live with dignity, with freedom and the need to build a lawful state. They also believed that an impartial and independent judiciary was essential, as well as having an independent authority responsible for monitoring the work of the legislator, with the power to strike-down any laws violated human rights in Libya. In contrast, some citizens mentioned the need for Sharia to be a source of legislation, but at the same time they expressed the need for the concept of Sharia to be accurately defined. They believed that all concepts and phrases included in the constitution must be fully defined, to ensure no politician interprets it to further their own interest. Furthermore, citizens stressed that police and army should only function to protect the people, not government or any political body that wants to win power. Citizens also believed that as long as the legislative authority was constrained by the constitution through a supreme court/constitutional court, with the power to strikedown any unconstitutional laws, then Dar Al-Ifat’a should only act as an advisory body and only courts have the right to rule on any conflicts.

More from Tripoli

 

 


 

 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 22

AZZIZIYAH

21 December 2012

 

Our Destoori team visited the city of Azziziyah. They had discussions with citizens at a local grocery. Citizens were asked about how confident they felt about legal changes and whether amendments the GNC had made to existing laws contributed to a positive change in society. Some believed that legal amendments made without planning were useless, for example some of the law implemented by the NTC were felt to be unsatisfactory and contributed to the difficult circumstances of Libya. They noted that for positive changes respect for the rule of law was urgently needed by society.Others added that Libyan women face real challenges, including difficulties with travelling due to poor transportation facilities in many areas across Libya. In cars market, the Destoori team met with residents who were extremely enthusiastic about their visit . Some believed that the judicial authority and legislative authority should work inparallel, whilst ensuring that an independent judiciary and for the criteria regarding the appointment of judges and executive figures to be formally defined in the constitution Many stressed the need to achieve greater security, and spoke about the importance of the army and police's roles, and how such functions must be defined in the constitution They concluded that Dar Al Ifta'a should act solely as an advisory body and ensure that the legislative authority who had been elected by the people had the final say. The Destoori team engaged the citizens in several exciting games and activities, where citizens concluded that local authorities should be responsible for cleaning service and garbage collection, whilst taking into account the need for such activities to be coordinated by a central authority and the need to pay taxes for such services to be provided.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 21

TARHOUNA

18 December 2012

 

The Destoori team visited the city of Tarhouna where they visted the Tarhouna University faculty of law, where discussions centred on freedom of expression and the right to assembly. Lengthy discussions were also held on the importance of freedom from torture, as individuals should not be subjected to inhumane violations of their rights. They also stated that the constitution should provide and formally ensure that the central government should not be solely in control of all policy matters, and that some responsibilities should be given to regional representatives. On the street, many citizens felt that the concept of Sharia needed to be defined in the constitution due to their fear of authority transgressions The Destoori team also talked to a number of general prosecutors in Tarhouna. They expressed the need for the judiciary to be the highest authority and for it to possess the power to strike-down unconstitutional legislation. They stated that an independent committee should also be formed to appoint and disapprove judges. They stressed that the role of Dar El Ifta'a should be restricted, as it should act only as an advisory body, and that equally the state should not intervene in matters such as Ramadan and the value of Zakat.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 20

GHERYAN

17 December 2012

 

The Destoori team visited several locations in the city of Gheryan including local shops and the university (in the Gawasem area). Here they held lengthy discussions and debates on the need for protection from torture. Some also stated that for the advancement of society, the level of education and healthcare needed to improve. They also mentioned women rights, the need for equality with men, and the importance of stopping violence against women. A group of youths on street wanted the constitution to ensure strong and clear divisions of the local, regional and central levels of governance. They stressed that the central authority should not be solely in control of setting policies in areas such as education, health, courts and electricity.They also mentioned that the central authority must have specific responsibilities, and that this was necessary to create some kind of balance of power between authorities. In the area of Gawasem, citizens believed that religion plays an important role in daily life of people but that religious authority should have a limited impact on politics. They emphasized the importance of the judiciary's role and that it was crucial for it to be an impartial and independent actor.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 19

CABAW

15 December 2012

 

The Destoori team met with several women at an Islamic school in Cabaw, where they were warmly welcomed. The women raised concerns about issues related to civil and political rights – particularly freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the elimination of violence against women. They also stressed the right of equality and the need to ensure that this is realised effectively. With regards to the Tamazight language, they felt that the state had not recognised the importance of the language and that sincere steps must be taken by the government to ensure that their legitimate appeal is heard. They also believe that legislative authority must be accountable to the judiciary when drafting new laws. They concluded that the state decisions and resolutions should not be directly influenced by the affairs of Dar Al Ifta'a, and that it should act only as an advisory body. The discussion also focused on the role of army and police, whose function they believed was to secure and protect the people.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 18

SINWAN VILLAGE

14 December 2012

 

Our Destoori team visited the city of Sinawin. The residents raised several serious issues including poor healthcare. They mentioned that the local health center lacked the simplest of medical facilities which meant that it provided a poor healthcare services to people. They also complained about the long travel distances facing students wishing to go universities, as a result many chose to opt out of higher education. Some citizens pointed out that people of the village do not benefit from their local natural resources. They believed that the state had a positive obligation to ensure that land resources benefit their local communities. They also demanded the right to fair distribution and share of natural resources, especially if their region has been disenfranchised and marginalised for long period, as their roads were not sufficently paved and remained in terrible condition which made them unsafe to use.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 18

GHADAMES

14 December 2012

 

The Destoori team's discussions concerned several issues. Firstly, they focused on tourism, as it is an important resource and industry for the citizens of Ghadames, and the need to improve roads and transport services. In addition, some residents emphasised the right to citizenship and the preservation of dignity and equality for the citizen, and stated that it is the state's role to ensure these through services, such as the need to improve education standards to provide better standards for future generations. Residents also felt there was a need to improve standards of living and provide a good health care system that possessed a good infrastructure and skilled staff. They also felt that the citizen has certain obligations towards the state. In return for the state providing services the citizen, the citizen must pay tax to cover such costs, though proportionately to a point that he/she can afford. They discussed the importance of the state acting in a cooperative fashion and not to behaving in a way that would cause divisions. It was also felt to be important issue for the constitution to cover the issue of decentralisation. It is important also for the constitution to guarantee the autonomy of the judiciary and to ensure that no governmental institution violates any constitutional rights, and for the Constitutional Court to have the power to strike down any laws that are considered constitutional violations.

More from Ghadames

 

 


 

 

 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 17

NALUT

12 December 2012

 

In the city of Nalut, the Destoori team met with a number of women teachers who clearly emphasised the importance of protecting women's rights to achieving equality and also the right to citizenship. They also raised the issue of inheritance, as many were denied this right and feel they cannot seek support because of the constraints imposed on them from customs and traditions which they view as injustice that must end. They also discussed the impartiality and neutrality of the judiciary and the need for it oversee the functions of the legislature and executive, and strike down constitutional violations including those which undermine human rights. They also stated that the role that Dar Al efta' plays is one of consultancy and that the the army and police should specify its duty to protect the Libyan people and not the government.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 16

ZINTAN

11 December 2012

 

Our Destoori team visited the city of Zintan. One of the participants we spoke to raised several issues. He spoke about the marginalisation of Zintan and its lack of infrastructure. He also highlighted that the hospital lacks the room to take any additional patients from Zintan or those from nearby towns. He was also concerned about the limited choice of degrees available in the university. He also believed it was important for the constitution to be legitimised by referendum and that each article should be discussed. Another resident recognised the importance of the right to education and for the need for the constitution to contain an article that states the right to hold government officials to account and ensures transparently. He believed that this should hold to account officials who served in the interim government prior to the writing of the new constitution.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 16

YEFREN

 

11 December 2012

 

The Destoori team's first meeting in Yefren was with students from the Institute of General Professions who asserted the importance of learning the Amazigh language in their school system. They felt that the role of the state in assuring this was of critical importance and that it should take serious steps to fulfill this end. Some also expressed the need for international law and sharia to be sources of legislation, for 'Dar Al'fta' to be an institution that is overseen by the courts, and for the courts to have the power to supervise both the judiciary and legislature.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 15

RAGDALEEN

 

10 December 2012

 

The Destoori team visited a school in Ragdaleen, where they were amazed with students' remarkable engagments in discussions.They discussed their rights in education and the importance of improving the level of education through building good schools. A citizen in Ragdaleen was very clear when he stressed the need and importance of law enforcement and that the judiciary be the highest authority in the country. Some citizens believe that it is better for judges to be elected locally taking in consideration certain standards including . training, behavior and qualification. In addition to this, one citizen of Ragdaleen stressed that the military should never get engaged or interfere in politics, and its purpose is to protect Libyan people. Citizens also emphasized the importance of specifying limited terms for the presidency and protecting the freedom and right of expression.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 15

AJMEIL

 

10 December 2012

 

Our Destoori Team visited the city of Ajmeil, where citizens emphasised the importance of doing all that is needed to achieve transitional justice expressing that that was the way to build a state based on the rule of law and justice. They also stressed the importance of ensuring the right to healthcare as they see it vital to the right to a dignified life. In addition, the right to education and protection against rights violations were also raised, along with the importance of establishing an infrastructure on all levels.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 14

ZWARA

 

7 December 2012

 

The Destoori team discussed several issues with citizens of Zwara including property rights and ownership. Most conflicts between residents of Zwara and neighboring towns are revolved around ownership of land located between Zwara and these towns. The people of Zwara also ask the government to be committed to its duty in improving the level of education through better preparation for teachers. The right to adequate healthcare was often raised, as many people are suffering of physiological side effects of the conflict – particularly young children and many people their lives during the conflicts due to poor health services in the city. In addition to this, the citizens of Zwara showed an interest in allowing the Tamazight language to be taught in schools and to be an official language of Libya.

 

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 13

SEBHA

5 December 2012

 

The Destoori team started the day with a visit to a school, where the students were inspirational in their ability to discuss a wide array of rights in much depth and with a real understanding of the role of a constitution in a country. They also had an acute understanding of the limits to freedoms and the need for national reconciliation. One of the students had even been following the Destoori team before it arrived! From there, the team went to visit the girls dorms at the university, where the need for national reconciliation was the main topic of conversation - with a particular focus on minority rights in that context and the need to reconcile between people of differing political views. The team also had a great response on the street level but unfortunately the team had to cut their activities short when some security disturbances took place, including some firing. The team was truly inspired and felt welcome by the people of Sebha.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 12

JUFRA-HOON

4 December 2012

 

The Destoori team faced the elements in Hoon - with much rain and wind! But they persevered and had an amazing session with members of the public - especially interesting was the team's discussion with women at the traditional market of El-Hayes women's rights especially in relation to marriage and divorce rights. Other issue raised was the need for greater decentralisation and more co-ordination with central authorities. From there, the team went on to another market, where the issue of cultural rights and focused especially on Libya's historical heritage. The question of natural resources and land usage was very interesting too - with the role of centralisation particularly discussed and its positive obligation towards these issues.

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DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 11

ZAWIYA

3 December 2012

 

The Destoori team started off the day in Zawiya with a school trip, where the students discussed the specific rights of children with great enthusiasm - in particular the right to education. The team also had a great time playing a mini game of football with some of the students! When the team then went to the university, unfortunately they were prevented from doing any activities by the University Security Service and from speaking to anyone there. The same obstacles were faced at the street level where members of the Supreme Security Council similarly blocked the team from conducting activities. Despite this, the team was able to engage with some very enthusiastic members of the public and were able to conduct surveys. If you are from Zawiya, please let us know - we would love to speak to more of you! See more from Zawiya

 

 


 

 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 10

ZLITEN 

2 December 2012

 

In Zliten, the Destoori team visited another school as part of its 10X10X10 campaign and spoke to the students about their aspirations for a new Libya. At the Zliten Asmariya University, damaged as part of the attacks on Sufi sites, the role of religion in the constitution was discussed in detail. Women’s rights were also raised clearly, with many highlighting the limited options available for further education. See more from Zliten

 


 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 9

KHUMS

1 December 2012

 

The Destoori team were on the street in force! People were keen to discuss the impact of the cement factory on the environment and its impacts on the health of the residence opening up the interesting discussion on environmental rights. A city with outstanding historical beauty, they were interested in discussing cultural rights as well as the decentralisation of the management of such sites. See more from Khums

 

 


 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 7 & 8 MISRATA/AJDABIYA

 

28-29 November 2012

 

Day 7 & 8: The Destoori team visited Ijdaibya and Misrata today. They spoke to students at Ijdabiya University and on to citizens on the streets of the city about their concerns regarding education, healthcare and government structures. The conversation continued in Misrata, where in a busy shopping centre, the Destoori team was able to conduct surveys of the views of the citizens about their future constitution. Check out the pictures here and wait for the videos soon... The Destoori team, after a well earned rest, have now moved on to Zliten and will be heading to Khoms later today... Keep following - and supporting - the team! See more from Misrata 

 


 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 6 JALU

27 November 2012

 

Day 6: Destoori headed south to Jalu and had one of the busiest stops on Rehlat Watan yet! Meeting with civil society, people on the street and a middle school, the Destoori Guides were able to discuss the issues that the people in Jalu were most concerned about for their future constitution. Key issues included the right to education - with the students highlighting the limited options in higher education, healthcare and the environment. The impact of pollution on the quality of life of the residents was a topic that was very clearly highlighted. The team also took part in a media awareness raising session on the local radio station. LFJL thanks our Destoori Ambassador in Jalu and the people of the city for welcoming us so fully! See more from Jalu

 


 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 5 SHAHAT RUINS & SOUSSA

26 November 2012

 

Day 5: Our Destoori Team headed to Sousa, where they met another amazing team of middle school children who expressed so beautifully what their constitution must protect, and then on to the stunning town of Shahat... Amongst the ruins, the Guides spoke to Libyans about they want for the new Libya and its constitution. Education and access to information were key concerns raised by the students in Sousa and accountability of government was high on the agenda in Shahat, as was the protection of cultural rights and the environment. From there, the team headed to Jalu.See more from Soussa

 


 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN UPDATE - DAY 4 Toubruk

25 November 2012

Day 4: Toubruk was a wonderful stop in which the Destoori team engaged with citizens actively exercising their right of free assembly! We discussed with them their main concerns and what their aspirations for a new Libya are. Key amongst these were economic a social rights, issues surrounding natural resources and a demand for government accountability. The team also stopped at the central hospital and spoke to patients and staff about issues as diverse as healthcare and equality rights. We thank the people of the city for sharing so much with us. We also thank the residents of Taknes, a town on the road to Toubrouk, for sharing their concerns about housing, education and healthcare with us. From there, the team went to Sousa and Shahat. See more from Tobruq

 

 

    DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN    UPDATE - DAY 3 Kufra

       23 November 2012

Day 3 saw the Destoori team head to Kufra. The      team met with member of the Tebu and Zway communities and ran exercises and consultation sessions on a number of issues including government models, economic and social right as well as equality rights. See more from Kufra

 


 

DESTOORI REHLAT WATAN      UPDATE - DAY 2 Al Beida

22 November 2012

 

Day 2: ur Destoori Team visiting Al Beida. They had the opportunity to obtain an understanding of the key issues Al Beida citizens would like to see addressed in the new Libya and what their constitution will protect. 

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LFJL LAUNCHES REHLAT WATAN

Day 1 - Benghazi

21 November 2012


Day 1: Rehlat Watan has started! We have had an amazing start to the day visiting the Salmani School, a girls' middle school in Benghazi. The girls we met with were exciting, excited and taught us a lot about what they want in their constitution. Watch this space for highlights of this visit and for highlights from other schools. And for more events from Day 1 in Benghazi. If you are in Benghazi, join us at 4.00 infront of Yousef Bouker school.

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LFJL LAUNCHES DESTOORI

8 August 2012


In order to encourage widespread citizen engagement, generate public awareness and gauge national opinion, LFJL is proud to announce a new and dynamic campaign: Destoori or ‘My Constitution’. Destoori will be centred on a bus tour, ‘Rehlat Watan’, of more twenty cities around the country. LFJL will train and employ 3-4 young Libyan lawyers and social activists who will act as ‘Destoori Guides’. With our local team of Destoori Ambassadors, young volunteers from around the country who are passionate about the future of their country, the Destoori Guides will be responsible for carrying out interactive events, including town hall discussions, Q & A sessions as well as games and other engaging activities. Throughout the campaign, Destoori Guides and Destoori Ambassadors will conduct surveys of the population on the constitution-making process which will form the basis of a report on key recommendations that will be delivered to the Constitutional Drafting Committee. This will ensure that the expectations of Libyans will be considered.

 

 

 

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