Transitional Justice

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 a broad range of human rights violations, including human rights abuses that took place during the 2011 uprising and the ongoing human rights violations against migrants. The programme ensures that these documents are stored securely so that they may be used as evidence in future truth, reconciliation and accountability 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 documented 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.

 

Human Rights Archive Project

LFJL launched its Human Rights Archive project to create a digital archive of evidence related to human rights violations in Libya. LFJL established the archive with the founding group of Libyan NGOs, ‘The Network for Monitoring and Archiving for Justice’ (SHIRA), which it brought together in 2016. The project seeks to protect documentation and evidence of human rights violations in Libya, which is at risk of being lost, stolen or damaged. LFJL has created a centralised space where organisations can share information relating to human rights abuses in order to establish a national archive of human rights violations to support future transitional justice processes.

 

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.

Lutz Oette

Counsel

REDRESS

 

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

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