LFJL’s Transitional Justice Programme seeks to carry out activities that ensure that victims of human rights abuses realise their right to know the truth, see those responsible held to account, and receive adequate reparations. It is based on the understanding that without these rights of victims to truth, accountability and redress being achieved, peaceful coexistence between communities in Libya will be unable to take root.
The Transitional Justice Programme works with actors in Libya to document human rights violations and store them securely so that they may be used as evidence in future truth and reconciliation efforts. The programme also seeks to create space for discussions and debates not currently being had regarding transitional justice issues such as those related to the right to reconciliation of communities perceived as being ‘against’ the uprising who are currently severely marginalised. We also advocate for the implementation of laws and policies that support a transitional justice mechanism that is objective, nonpolitical and inclusive of all groups and communities in Libya.
The Transitional Justice Programme seeks to support the implementation of transitional justice legislation and state mechanisms that adhere to the rule of law and fair trial standards. It provides support and capacity building opportunities to legal practitioners, so that they may benefit from international experiences of transitional justice. To assist those who have or are actively documenting human rights violations the programme provides training on admissibility standards; seeks to establish new collaborative information sharing relationships between individuals and organisations; and facilitates the secure storage of information to ensure that activists are their work are protected. It also creates spaces for dialogue between stakeholders including human rights violation survivors and marginalised communities and works to engage them in discussions regarding transitional justice issues.
Lawyers for Justice in Libya were instrumental in bringing together a core of Libyan human rights lawyers to a pioneering workshop that allowed them to reflect on human rights violations and the role (and rule) of the law, as well as to develop strategies to address the multiple challenges faced. The workshop was testimony to Lawyers for Justice in Libya’s professionalism, namely its capacity to identify key actors, collaborate with international partners, provide high-level training sessions, and conduct a well organised timely event that both met the needs of participants and laid the foundation for further cooperation, both within Libya and with international partners.
Lawyers for Justice in Libya’s understanding of both international law and the reality on the ground in Libya places them in a unique position to facilitate the work between investigators on the ground and international organisations. In our training partnership with LFJL, we were able to access key actors involved in areas of importance to Physicians for Human Rights including in the investigation of mass graves.
Stefan Schmitt, MS
Director of International Forensic Program
Physicians for Human Rights