Results for Category: Libya

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Mission Impossible: Libya’s New Government Aims to Please Everyone

Experts believe that the new Government of National Unity will be dogged by the same challenges as the previous Government of National Accord, which was formed out of U.N peace talks in December 2015.

Female Human Rights Defenders Targeted in Libya

Of course, Libyan human rights defenders are being targeted irrespective of gender. But the dangers are compounded for female activists since they have so few, if any, allies willing to protect them. Even powerful tribes may be reluctant to wage a dispute over an outspoken women that breaks gender norms.

Libya Faces Obstacles to Peace Ahead of Tough Political Talks

For Libyans, one concern with the talks is that it doesn’t prioritize accountability. Hanan Saleh, a Senior Researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), writes that the current framework promises immunity for those who have committed unlawful killings and arrests. She adds that the process of integrating fighters into state security services doesn’t have a strict vetting system.

Political Jockeying Undermines Libyan Peace Talks

The rogue General Khalifa Haftar, who heads his self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF), has undermined previous attempts to find a political solution, which explains why he was excluded from the talks in Morocco and Switzerland.

Governance & Politics

The overthrow of the Gaddafi regime was organized by a self-appointed National Transitional Council (NTC), which provided the political leadership in the struggle. Originally based in Benghazi, it moved to Tripoli after the fighting was over and took charge as an interim government until the elections of July 2012. The NTC’s main challenges were imposing order, disbanding the former rebel forces,

Libyan PM Fayez al-Sarraj: Can Former Architect Rebuild a Shattered Country?

His first official position after the 2011 fall of autocrat Muammar Qaddafi was as the minister of housing and utilities at the General National Congress (GNC). The GNC was dissolved two years later and replaced by the internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR), following parliamentary elections on 25 June 2014. Al-Sarraj was elected to the HoR, which was established in the eastern city of Tobruk after the military arm of the Islamist-dominated new General National Congress seized Tripoli and established a rival administration.