The Constitutional Declaration was a document drafted with no popular consultation. It not only sets out the parameters for the elections and the transitional period, but it also sets out the parameters of the dialogue on the permanent constitution in relation to key ideological issues. With such key issues addressed without popular involvement, engagement on the next phase is crucial to ensure that all stakeholders are represented and that the permanent Libyan constitution is one that protects all Libyans, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, tribe, geographical location, political affiliation or any other affiliation.
LFJL’s Constitution Building and Legal Reform Programme promotes a fair and inclusive constitution beginning with a fair and inclusive consultative process. It also promotes a transparent process for the drafting of all laws and calls for the participation of key stakeholders in a consultation process for these laws.
This programme has already successfully completed a high level workshop on constitution building and elections which brought together key stakeholders representing 16 regions in Libya, government officials, members of the drafting and electoral committees and key activists and legal professionals in engaged and open discussions on issues arising out of the Constitutional Declaration as well as the draft election law.
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