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Tuareg want their language made an official Libyan language, equal investment in the South

The Tuareg Social Council, along civil society activists, has told the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) that the Tuareg want to be given equal rights as Libyan citizens and see their language become an official Libyan language.  Called Tarigia by the Tuareg themselves, it is related to Tamazight, the language of the Amazigh, and in …

13 Human rights groups say UNHRC not getting job done; call for “independent mechanism of inquiry”

In a joint call for action, 13 national, regional and international human rights organisations including five from Libya, have called on the UN to support the creation of an independent body which would investigate human rights crimes in Libya by all sides since 2012. They say it is the only way to ensure “accountability, …

UNSMIL Presents to Parties Ideas to End Political Crisis, Military Conflict, Hopes to Expedite Talks

After weeks of discussions with all the parties and in light of the deteriorating military situation that threatens with further escalation as progress is made in the political dialogue, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Bernardino Leon visited both Tobruk and Tripoli where he presented some ideas to expedite …

Europe ‘seriously underestimating possibility of IS militants infiltrating Italy or Malta’

Islamic State militants have taken over practically the whole area from where migrant crossings are launched and are effectively running the whole show, a prominent Libyan politician has warned. Speaking to Italian journalists during the Davos World Economic Forum, former Libyan Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni, who now serves as President …

LFJL launches online constitutional discussion, calls for greater protection for potentially marginalised groups

  In the spirit of inclusive discussion, Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) has launched a two-week online constitutional discussion of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly’s (CDA) published draft of key elements of Libya’s future constitution. While the LFJL generally welcomes the sections released so far, it called for broader protections …