The new Libyan authorities, represented by the National Transitional Council (NTC), face great challenges. They include the urgent task of re-establishing law and order throughout the country, building state institutions and breaking with the legacy of total impunity for human rights abuses.
The NTC has committed itself to building a democratic, multi-party state based on the respect for fundamental human rights. In August 2011 the NTC issued a Constitutional Declaration enshrining these and other principles, including respect for fundamental freedoms, non-discrimination for all citizens – including on grounds of gender, race and language – and the rights to a fair trial and to seek asylum.
Amnesty International welcomes these commitments but recent visits to Libya by our researchers to Libya have not shown progress. In fact, Amnesty has documented torture and other severe human rights abuses by entities of the new government. Amnesty is not aware of any efforts by the new Libyan leadership to hold perpetrators accountable.
Amnesty stresses that the words of the government need to be translated into reality, with human rights as the cornerstone of political transition as well as the overall programme of institutional reform. The international community should assist Libya in this process but the new government bears responsibility for stopping the abuses and holding the violators accountable.
As a contribution to the programme of human rights reform in Libya, Amnesty International presents the following Human Rights Agenda for Change to the new Libyan authorities: Read More.