Legal Reform

Key aspects of Libya’s legal system need urgent reform to ensure conformity with international human rights standards. Laws that threaten human rights including the right to non-discrimination, freedom from torture and ill-treatment, freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial remain in place. Laws issued since 2011 have frequently failed to provide adequate protection for prevalent human rights concerns.


Particularly concerning is the lack legal protections for the human rights of vulnerable groups. Key among them are asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants who are routinely subjected to arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and torture, sexual exploitation, forced labour and rape in Libyan detention facilities. Libya is yet to ratify and implement key international conventions that would foster legal protections of vulnerable groups such as the Optional Protocol of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the 1951 Refugee Convention.


The Legal Reform Programme addresses such weaknesses and gaps in Libyan law by supporting in-depth research and analysis of Libya’s legal system in order to promote compliance with international human rights standards. It aims to raise awareness of legal issues currently affecting human rights in Libya and works to effect change to draft legislation dealing with human rights concerns. The programme also works to ensure that Libya has ratified key international human rights treaties and implemented them at the domestic level.


Destoori (‘My Constitution’)

The future constitution is an opportunity to offer legal protection to all those in Libya; it will form the cornerstone of Libya’s legal system to shape the country for generations to come. The final document must protect all Libyans regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, tribe, geographical location, political affiliation or any other affiliation. In order to realise this aspiration of a lasting constitution that defends and is in turn defended by all Libyans, it is essential that the document is drafted with popular involvement ensuring that all stakeholders are represented in the process and invested in the outcome. The Legal Reform Programme calls for the involvement of key stakeholders in the drafting of Libya's law and constitution, and encourages their participation through awareness campaigns. With a constitutional referendum expected in the next year, the Legal Reform Programme will conduct public awareness campaigns to highlight the importance of national participation in this process as well as the key human rights issues and concerns the draft raises.


At this stage the Libyan people are in desperate need for assistance that contributes in raising awareness among Libyan people in many fields. Few organisations have provided the kind of assistance that Lawyers for Justice in Libya has.

Ahmed Gebreel


Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Libya

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