research and capacity building

The Research and Capacity Building Programme undertakes activities that aim to identify new opportunities for participation and to share our understanding of human rights issues

Research and capacity building

The Research and Capacity Building Programme contributes to policy and civil society thinking on human rights, the rule of law, and justice issues in Libya. The Programme offers precise and informed recommendations, which we build into our work and share with stakeholders through reports, workshops, and events. We regularly partner with civil society organisations, Libyan lawyers and activists, and world leading academic institutions to ensure our activities reflect a diverse range of perspectives and are of the highest quality.

Our research activities aim to provide meaningful insight into Libya’s human rights challenges.  We prioritise the investigation of issues that are under-explored and which may offer new opportunities to achieve social change. We employ methodologies that engage participants and allow their voices to be represented. Our reports and materials speak to the human rights experiences of those affected, reflecting the concerns of daily life as well as experiences at the extremes of crisis.

Our capacity building efforts recognise that informed stakeholders, equipped with resources and skills, improve the prospect of a Libya becoming committed to human rights, the rule of law, and justice. We organise events to facilitate strategic conversations and offer participants new legal tools to make a difference in Libya. The programme develops informative resources, handbooks, and curriculums to support these efforts.  We further offer opportunities, through fellowships and work experience placements, to help develop the skill sets of future human rights lawyers.

Research Report: Systematic Gender Based Violence

We are currently producing a detailed report on the occurrence of gender-based violence in Libya. The report will reveal new accounts on the diversity and impact of abuses; how gender-based violence is systematically encouraged through the Libya legal system and social processes; and informed recommendations on how civil society can respond differently. The research is supported by the staff and students working with the Human Rights Clinic of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (Expected Release: Q3 2018)

Research Report: Gender in Tawergha and Misrata Reconciliation Efforts

We are drafting a short but detailed brief of the Reconciliation Process between Tawergha and Misrata. This brief will consider the content of the agreement from a gendered perspective, in order to provide recommendations going forward. It suggests opportunities to improve future national reconciliation efforts. The research is supported by the staff and students working with the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Sussex (Expected Release: Q3 2018)

Latest News

Weekly Briefing

September 21, 2018
“Artists become advocates and audiences become activists.” In his incredible show at Screen on the Green on 20 September, the wonderful George the Poet told the story of #RoutesToJustice eloquently and powerfully; the show will feature as an episode of Have You Heard George's Podcast very soon, and we cannot wait to share it!

Weekly Briefing

August 23, 2018
Around 2,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were forcibly evicted from Tariq al-Matar Camp on 10 August 2018. The camp in Tripoli, home to over 370 displaced Tawerghan families, was reportedly attacked by members of a militia brigade. The militia looted the camp, kidnapped 78 IDPs, and demanded the camp’s evacuation while threatening demolition with bulldozers. These acts violate fundamental rights recognised by the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights to which Libya is a party, including the right to freedom of movement, self-determination and from unlawful interference with one’s privacy, family or home. Furthermore, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction over crimes committed in Libya, identifies the deportation or forced transfer of a population as a crime against humanity.

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