Key aspects of Libya’s legal system need urgent reform to ensure conformity with international human rights standards. Laws that threaten human rights including freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial and media activities remain in place. Laws issued since 2011 have frequently failed to provide adequate protection for prevalent human rights concerns.
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 supports in-depth research and analysis of Libya’s legal system, starting with its future constitution, 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 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.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Libya