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.
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Responding to news that the Italian parliament has voted in favour of deploying warships in Libyan waters to support the Libyan coastguard in the interception and return of refugees and migrants to Libya, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director Gauri Van Gulik said:
Proposals to send warships to police Libyan territorial waters are a shameful attempt by the Italian authorities to circumvent their duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea and to offer protection to those who need it, said Amnesty International, ahead of a vote in the Italian parliament tomorrow.
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Shocking video evidence has emerged showing fighters from the Libyan National Army (LNA) carrying out execution-style killings of captured fighters from the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries (SCBR) in the Ganfouda area of Benghazi, said Amnesty International. The two separate incidents may amount to war crimes, adding to the long list of crimes under international law that have been committed with impunity by armed groups and militias in both Western and Eastern Libya.
Fears are growing for hundreds of civilians who are trapped in a Benghazi neighbourhood which faces intensified fighting after several months under military blockade, Amnesty International said today. The organization has gathered testimony from some of the 130 Libyan families and hundreds of foreign nationals who have been trapped for months in the residential district …