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    Libya: American and Libyan Citizens Arrested and Detained for Conducting Missionary Work and Apostasy On April 13, 2023, the Internal Security Agency of Libya’s Government of National Unity, which replaced the Government of National Accord in 2021, arrested a number of individuals, including an American citizen, on charges of apostasy and conducting Christian missionary work in the country.The arrests reportedly followed the detention of another American citizen — a … Continue reading “Libya: American and Libyan Citizens Arrested...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-05-25
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    Libya: Female Singer and Female Blogger Arrested for Violating New Cybercrime Law On February 16, 2023, authorities in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi announced the arrests of prominent singer Ahlam al-Yamani and content creator Haneen al-Abdali on the charge of violating Law No. 5 of 2022 on Cybercrimes. This law was issued in September 2022, and Libyan authorities began enforcing it in February 2023.The Libyan Ministry … Continue reading “Libya: Female Singer and Female Blogger...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-04-18
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    Libya: Immigration Authorities Detain Egyptian Minors Smuggled into the Country On September 4, 2022, the Security Directorate of Tobruk, a city on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast, announced that it had detained 287 undocumented Egyptian migrants who had illegally crossed the Egyptian-Libyan border. The migrants, many of them children as young as 12 years old, had been locked in a warehouse in the suburbs of Tobruk … Continue reading “Libya: Immigration Authorities Detain Egyptian Minors...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-09-29
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    Libya: First Presidential Election in Country's History Postponed On December 21, 2021, the High National Elections Commission of Libya ordered the dissolution of electoral committees nationwide and confirmed that the first presidential election in the country’s history, which was due to be held on December 24, 2021, would be postponed. The factors leading to the postponement were security concerns and disputes over the … Continue reading “Libya: First Presidential Election in Country’s...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-01-13
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    Libya: Establishment of Commission to Revise Legislation That Might Contradict Islamic Law (Apr. 4, 2014) In January 2014, the Minister of Justice of Libya issued Decree No. 1958-2013 to establish a commission comprised of legal and religious scholars to ensure the adherence of Libyan legislation to Islamic law. (Ministerial Resolution No. 1958-2013 [in Arabic] (Jan. 1, 2014), Ministry of Justice website.) On March 27, 2014, the commission […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2014-04-04
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    Libya: Law Criminalizing Torture, Abduction, and Discrimination Passed (Apr. 30, 2013) The Libyan National Congress approved Law No. 10 of 2013, Concerning the Criminalization of Torture, Forced Abduction, and Discrimination, which was issued on April 14, 2013. Pursuant to this law: restricting the personal liberty of a person by force, threat, or treachery is punishable with 3 to 15 years of imprisonment (art. […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2013-04-30
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    Libya: Judges Oppose Bill on Reorganization of Judiciary (Nov. 6, 2012) On October 17, 2012, a number of Libyan judges announced their objection to a bill on the reorganization of the judiciary, which had been previously referred to the Libyan National Assembly (Parliament) by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary. The judges opposing the bill attempted to meet with the Speaker of the […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-11-06
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    Libya: Newly Elected Constituent Assembly Appoints a Chairman (Aug. 20, 2012) On August 10, 2012, members of the elected Constituent Assembly voted to make Mohammed Al Moqrif its new Chairman. Al Moqrif announced that the Assembly will select cabinet members for the country's transitional government. After electing a chairman during in its first session, the Assembly received legislative powers from the Transitional National […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-08-20
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    Libya: Parliamentary Elections Held; Assembly to Draft Laws During Transition (July 13, 2012) On July 8, 2012, despite the violence plaguing cities in eastern Libya, the country's Supreme Electoral Commission announced that it will begin publishing the results of the parliamentary elections from the 13 main electoral districts. According to news reports, liberal political factions gained many seats in the first stage of the parliamentary […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-07-13
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    Libya: Public Prosecution Detains ICC Defense Team for 45 Days (June 14, 2012) On June 11, 2012, Libyan prosecutorial authorities detained the defense team assigned by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to defend Saif al Islam, the son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi. The ICC defense team was on an official mission to meet Saif al Islam to discuss matters related to the ICC's […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-06-14
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    Libya: Law Criminalizing the Creation of Political Parties Repealed (Jan. 12, 2012) On January 4, 2012, the National Transitional Council of Libya repealed Law 17-1972, which had prohibited the establishment of political parties. The Law was issued under the Gaddafi regime with the purpose of limiting the role of political movements in Libya and enhancing the regime's concept of direct democracy, called “the state […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-01-12
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    Libya: Political Figures Criticize Draft Election Law (Jan. 12, 2012) On January 5, 2012, many political figures criticized the draft law on the election of members to Libya's Constituent Assembly. The critics stated that the law discriminates against specific individuals by prohibiting them from running for election. They also said that the draft law reinforces the concept of tribalism and ignores the […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-01-12
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    European Union; Libya: Assistance Package Authorized and Bank Funds Released (Jan. 11, 2012) On December 15, 2011, in response to a request made by Libyan authorities, the European Union adopted a package of assistance for Libya, in an effort to assist civil society and facilitate the stabilization process in the post-Gaddafi era in that country. The package, which amounts to a total of €10 million […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2012-01-11
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    Libya: New Penal Code Opposed (June 2, 2008) Libyan legal activists and politicians recently warned against the enactment of a proposed new penal code, claiming it infringes on public liberties, and asked for constitutional guarantees protecting rights and liberties. Participants in a discussion organized by the Bar Association of Tripoli confirmed their commitment to abolishing the death penalty, except in […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2008-06-02