21 February 2017
On 16 February 2017, Decision 6 of 2017 relating to banning travel (the Decision) was issued by the Libyan National Army’s chief of staff and Military Governor for Ben Jawad to Derna, Abdel Razik Al-Nadori, allegedly for reasons of national security. The Decision bans Libyan women under 60 years of age from travelling abroad without a male chaperone. It also requires relevant authorities to implement the Decision immediately and repeals any laws inconsistent with the Decision. The Decision does not state what sanctions apply if the Decision is breached. The Coalition of Libyan Human Rights Organisations (the Coalition) strongly condemns the Decision as unconstitutional and a violation of human rights and calls for its repeal.
14 February 2017
Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council
8 February 2017
Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) is concerned by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Italy and the Government of National Accord dated 2 February 2017 in relation to border security and migration. The MoU gives the Libyan coast guard an increasing role in controlling “illegal migration” but fails to ensure adequate protection of refugees, unaccompanied minors and victims of trafficking (migrants) in Libya. LFJL reminds both parties that this MoU does not supersede the obligation under international law to protect migrants.