UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene parallel event on “Challenges and opportunities of democratic transition in Libya”

18 Jun, 2014 | Press Releases

26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, 18 June 2014

On the occasion of the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) are convening a parallel event on “Challenges and opportunities of democratic transition in Libya”, to be held on Wednesday 18 June 2014 (from 15:30 to 17:00), at the Palais des Nations (Room XXIV).

Panelists of the meeting, which will be opened by Mr Khaled Said Al Agily, Member of National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Libya and moderated by Mr. Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, Secretary General of No Peace Without Justice, include Mr Siraj Alezzabi, Libyan Trial Monitoring Network, Ms Layla Omran, Al Sharqiya Local Council, Mr Mohamed Ghashoot, member of the Civil Network for Transitional Justice.

The purpose of this parallel event is to draw the attention of the international community on the challenges faced by Libya in its transition to democracy and the efforts that Libyan public institutions and civil society organisations are making, since the end of 2011, in order to improve respect of human, civil and political rights in the country, also in view of the Universal Periodic Review that Libya will undergo in April 2015.
Libya’s needs for a broad consensus on the management of the transitional period and the stabilisation of the current situation can benefit from the support of the United Nations and Member States to ensure that the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law are respected, upheld and expanded for all Libyan citizens.


NPWJ in Libya
NPWJ has been working on the Libyan transition since early 2011, in the framework of its project to support Libya’s democratic transition through justice and accountability. As the country embarks on legislative reforms, the Libyan authorities can break with the legacy of impunity and abuses that typified Gaddafi’s rule with a new respect for the rule of law and a commitment to restoring justice and dignity to victims. Doing so requires not only the investigation and prosecution of the crimes and violence perpetrated during the revolution, but also efforts to confront a history of oppression and human rights abuses that dates back decades under the rule of the former regime.

For further information, contact Enrica Barago (UN Advocacy Officer) on ebarago@npwj.org, Gianluca Eramo (MENA Democracy program Coordinator) on geramo@npwj.org or Nicola Giovannini (Press & Public Affairs Coordinator) on ngiovannini@npwj.org or +32-2-548-3915.

For further information on the activities of NPWJ in Libya please contact Giulia Cappellazzi, at gcappellazzi@npwj.org or +218911476934.