Libya: Briefing paper on the situation of human rights defenders

29.08.2014

(Geneva) - Libya is scheduled to be reviewed at the 22nd session of the Universal Periodic Review in April 2015.

In the past two years, Libya has seen an increase in the number of NGOs and media activities. However, vague and restrictive legislation continues to stifle the work of human rights defenders, whilst ongoing insecurity, armed militia activity and challenges to the rule of law imply elevated risks for activists, journalists and legal professionals, thus threatening Libya’s democratic transition.

(Geneva) - Libya is scheduled to be reviewed at the 22nd session of the Universal Periodic Review in April 2015.

In the past two years, Libya has seen an increase in the number of NGOs and media activities. However, vague and restrictive legislation continues to stifle the work of human rights defenders, whilst ongoing insecurity, armed militia activity and challenges to the rule of law imply elevated risks for activists, journalists and legal professionals, thus threatening Libya’s democratic transition.

Journalists, women human rights defenders and lawyers are at particular risk of intimidation and attack.

Key recommendations that should be made to Libya at the UPR in 2015 include that the Government should reform restrictive laws on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, as well as taking steps to tackle attacks by non-State armed groups.

This Briefing Paper on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Libya is intended to assist States and other stakeholders to formulate questions and recommendations regarding the protection of human rights defenders during the UPR.

For further information about the Briefing Paper or for any assistance or advice in the formulation of recommendations, please contact ISHR's Ben Leather, on b.leather@ishr.ch.

Photo: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Category:

Region
  • Middle East and North Africa
Topic
  • Human rights defenders
  • United Nations
  • Women's rights and WHRD
Mechanism
  • Universal Periodic Review
Country
  • Libya