"Justice is the only way forward": Perceptions of justice in Libya ten years on

Ten years after the Libyan uprising in 2011, LFJL conducted in-depth research to gather views on justice and accountability across the country.

June 23, 2022

"Justice is the only way forward": Perceptions of justice in Libya ten years on, is a comprehensive study examining Libyan views of justice and accountability a decade after the 2011 uprising that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.  

Between 2020 – 2022, Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) conducted a survey and in-depth interviews with 388 participants representative of Libyan men and women from diverse ethnic groups, including Tebu, Amazigh and Tuareg ethnic communities, across 26 locations.  

The research showed a clear call from Libyans for accountability, truth, reparations, and institutional reform to redress past and current violations, and to ensure they are not repeated. There remains a strong demand for accountability for abuses committed during the Gaddafi era, as well as newer calls for justice for abuses committed since the popular uprising.  

Research participants expressed consensus that the cycle of violence, armed conflicts and victimisation in Libya will only cease by ending the current pervasive culture of impunity.

The report provides recommendations to the Libyan state and to the international community, including the UN and the International Criminal Court (ICC), on ways to advance justice and accountability in Libya.

Read our new report here.

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