'Abber - The Human Rights Expression Competition


Meet the writer Nour Al-Huda Abdul-Hamid Qario, one of Abber’s winners

Discover Noor’s short story “When a Girl Has No Rights” and read our “interview with the artist”

  • Please, tell us about yourself 

My name is Nour Al-Huda Abdul-Hamid Qario. I am 18 years old. I was born in Benghazi in 1997. I am in Grade 12- scientific section.

  • Why did you decided to take part in Abber’s competition?

In fact, my participation in this competition is a great opportunity for me. This is not only because the competition has participants and prizes, but also because the topic of the competition is important. We are required to express. We are required to uncover devastating truths about how Libyans’ rights were violated, especially Libyan women. Our traditions value silence, acceptance, and surrender when it comes to women; women’s rights are taken away from them. This competition gave me the chance to speak out on the hidden realities that many repressed women keep to themselves.

  • What is the role of creative expression in a society in transition, in your opinion?

Creative expression is a positive weapon in the fight against all negative ideas and the changes that have resulted from moving from one stage to another. Sadly, many false ideas and thoughts are widespread. Creative expression is extremely important in order to eradicate terrible and false ideas that will result in a lot of suffering in the future.

  • What are your dreams and your hopes for Libya’s future?

I hope that peace takes over my country. I hope that it will prosper and blossom. I hope that it recovers by the efforts of its people. I really have many dreams. Women in my country are united. They have one common weapon which is education. They have dignity. Regardless of the country’s real situation, wherever I will find my dream, my ambition, I will chase it. I want to leave a positive imprint in the hearts of people. This is one of my priorities. I want to leave a peaceful imprint, a hopeful one. I want to become a successful writer and I want my writings to reach everyone in my country. I would also like to work in an organization that promotes children’s rights. Regarding my education, I want to graduate from dental school.

Follow the link to discover her work, which has been published on Correspondents.org:

Arabic version

English version


Meet the filmmaker Siraj Ben Mousa, one of Abber's winners

Discover Siraj's short film "Human" and read our "interview with the artist".

  • Please, tell us about yourself

My name is Siraj Ben Mousa. I was born in Tripoli in 1992. I graduated from the College of Economics and Political Sciences. I started off making short movies at the beginning of the revolution. I had a lot of passion and enthusiasm towards this industry. I decided to work on myself, improve, and start from square one so I could become a professional. I had the chance to participate in some international competitions for short movies and this was a turning point in my life. It was a big challenge to compete with big names and professionals in the Arab industry while I was still an amateur. I won the second place in the Qalb Al-Taef competition in Saudi Arabia. I also won the fourth place in the Kun Muhtasiban competition which participants from all around the Arab world took part in. I took part in many other competitions as well.

  • Why did you decided to take part in Abber’s competition?

I was very happy to hear about this competition. It is rate to see such activities which promote creativity and support Libyan artists in particular. This competition tackles a very important struggle that we experience every single day in our country.

  • What is the role of creative expression in a society in transition, in your opinion?

Creative people in the arts sector have a very important role in their communities, especially in those unstable communities undergoing a difficult transition. This adds significantly to the complexity of our responsibilities towards our country. Our country is currently in dire need of us. There are paintings and poems that moved many people, brought them together, and united them. People still collectively remember many movies. Regardless of its simplicity, creative artwork can accomplish what politicians have failed to do for their communities.

  • What are your dreams and your hopes for Libya’s future?

I am inherently optimistic, to the extent that my hopes and dreams towards my country could be considered unrealistic even. Despite the miserable situation that we live in nowadays, I still remain optimistic. I believe that the individual is capable of change no matter how much the situation deteriorates. There is hope, always. It is something that we can never live without.

Follow the link to discover "Human": 

Human by Siraj Ben Mousa - YouTube link


Meet the photographer Nader Elgadi, one of Abber's winners

Discover Nader's work "The cycle of Libyan freedom of expression" and read our "interview with the artist".

  • Please, tell us about yourself

My name is Nader Elgadi I’m a 28 year old Libyan photographer. I discovered my interest in photography during the Libyan uprising in 2011 and followed my passion for it ever since.

  • Why did you decided to take part in Abber’s competition?

Because I believe that the only goal we have achieved from the revolution is freedom of expression. However, this basic right is being taken away from us again. I feel as a visual artist that I wanted to participate in this important competition and show the cycle of freedom of expression in Libya from what I have documented.

  • What is the role of creative expression in a society in transition, in your opinion?

Creative expression helps talented individuals express themselves and raise awareness without the use of words like in other censored biased media. It also helps different society groups relate to the portrayed issues easily and motivate other talented individuals.

  • What are your dreams and your hopes for Libya’s future?

Although Libya is going through a critical time, I’m optimistic that we will reach a point of peace and accept each other, where everyone is entitled to their own opinion. To reach a peaceful Libya everyone needs to accept that we come from different backgrounds and have different views. However, we should all have the same goal which is to see Libya prosper and to reach its utmost potential.



LFJL proudly announces Abber's winners

LFJL is proud to announce the winners of the first edition of ‘Abber, our human rights expression competition:

Writing category: Nour Alhuda Abdelhamid Griyo

Visual art category: Nader Elgadi

Audi-visual category: Siraj Suleiman Ben Musa

The three winners are each awarded a MacBook Air and will have the opportunity to present their talent at an international level. Keep following our page to discover more about the artists and their excellent work!

We would love to thank all the talented Libyans who submitted their entries and our amazing panel of judges that assisted us in the selection process. Stay tuned for next year’s competition!


LFJL launches 'Abber, the Sawti Human Rights Expression Competition

Are you a Libyan writer, film-maker, photographer, singer, painter or sculptor? Would you like to share an interesting story, either fictional or real, which is related to human rights?


Then Sawti’s Human Rights Expression Competition 'Abber is exactly for you!

This competition aims to encourage and promote the role of both factual and creative expression, as well as different forms of media. To participate, you will have to submit a piece of work in your choice of medium (written, visual, film, or music) on human rights-related issues and explain how your work addresses freedom of expression.

A jury of experts, composed of locally and internationally acclaimed media figures, writers, film-makers, human rights activists, and artists, will evaluate each entry based on the quality, originality and the extent to which the work promotes human rights and creates a dialogue on human rights issues.

Your work can be either about real events and characters or fictional ones, in prose or poetry, in a journalistic style or a novelistic one, in writing, in film, in photo, in music, in painting or sculpture, however you want to express yourself. The only thing that matters is that they deal with human rights issues.

Details of the competition’s terms of entry and judging structure are set out below.


  1. The competition is open to everyone who identifies himself or herself as Libyan.
  2. Entries must address human rights issues and encourage the debate on human rights in Libya.
  3. The competition is open to submissions throughout the period 5 September 2014 - 30 January 2015. The deadline for audio-visual entries is extended until 16 March 2015. Late entries will not be considered.
  4. The competition is divided into two categories:

    1. Non-Fiction
      For submissions that concern real life human rights issues or events. Possible entries include articles, documentaries, reports, essays, and photographs. Winners will be announced for:

      1. Best Non-Fiction Writing
      2. Best Non-Fiction Audio-Visual Media (for video and audio documentaries, and photo-journalism submissions)

    2. Creative
      This category is for the submission of fiction entries which address human rights-related issues. Possible entries include short fictional stories, dramatic films, creative photography, poems, songs, paintings and sculptures. Pieces of work under this category can include real settings and contexts, as long as the characters, the plots and the events occurring to the characters are fictional.  Winners will be announced for:

      1. Best Creative Writing
      2. Best Creative Audio-Visual Media
      3. Best Song
      4. Best Visual Artwork
  5. All written entries are limited to a single piece of no more than 2,500 words.
  6. Film and audio entries are limited to no more than 10 minutes.
  7. Song entries are limited to no more than 5 minutes.
  8. Photographic entries are limited to no more than 20 stills.
  9. Visual artworks are limited to a single painting or sculpture.
  10. Multiple entries by the same contributor to the same category will not be considered.
  11. All works nominated must remain unpublished throughout the duration of the competition.


  12. Submissions are accepted in Arabic, Tamazight, Tebu, Tamasheq, and English.
  13. In order to submit works for the competition, please send the following items by email to sawti@libyanjustice.org

    1. A completed application form (click here to download the form).

    2. Your submission as an attachment (large audio-visual attachments should be uploaded privately to third party websites, such as Dropbox, Youtube, Speedyshare and the link attached in the body of the email; for visual art entries, submissions will take the form of maximum 20 photos of your work).

  14. Please inform sawti@libyanjustice.org of any difficulties that prevent you from submitting work.
  15. No amendments or substitutions can be made to entries following their submission.
  16. Shortlisted contestants will be informed by email.


  17. LFJL will draw up an initial long-list of entries in-house, which will be submitted to LFJL’s panel of expert judges.
  18. Each judge will create a short-list of three entries for each award. They will be encouraged to determine these choices by considering the quality, originality and the extent to which each work engages with human rights issues.
  19. The judges will collectively confer to finalise a joint shortlist of three for each award.
  20. From this final short-list, judges will collectively determine the winners of each award.
  21. The joint judges’ decision shall be independent and final.


  22. Winners are responsible for the collection of goods awarded should they not be able to attend any public prize giving event.
  23. Additional screenings and publications of the winning materials will be coordinated by LFJL with the assistance of its collaborating partners.


If you are an aspiring Libyan journalist, writer, photographer, film-maker, singer, or artist, 'Abber gives you the opportunity to engage with human rights issues, showcase your extraordinary talents, and win fantastic prizes.

Apply before 16 March 2015 and remember to spread the voice!


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