Sadeq Institute: Analysis of Legislation No.13 2013: Structure, Criteria, and Committee

by Tarek Megirisi
July 1, 2013

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Political isolation has been an emotionally charged topic for its supporters and the “revolutionary” faction of the new Libya who view it as a necessary, final step of cleansing the political, administrative and economic corruption rotting the country over the 42 year reign of Qaddafi. This law’s advocacy is founded on the belief that a revolution which changes the face, but neither the brains nor the heart of a state’s apparatus, is merely a violent transferral of authority and puts the power, possibility, and political will to change course in jeopardy. However, this has been a law long in the making and since its first advocates demonstrated in the days of the National Transitional Council (NTC), it is a law that has transformed countless times and always under the shadow of warnings from international NGO’s such as Human Rights Watch (HRW).

These warnings marked gradual distortions in the nature of this law, from embodying the aforementioned principles, to being characterised by the political opportunism which typified its debates and drafts. Indeed HRW’s key warnings of it being “too sweeping and too vague”, breaching “the country’s international human rights obligations” and diminishing “Libya’s long-term prospects for peace and security”[1] all found echoes amongst the concerns of a growing amount of Libyans.

About the Author

Tarek Megirisi is a Political Affairs Research Fellow at the Sadeq Institute.

About the Sadeq Institute

The Sadeq Institute is the world’s first non-governmental policy institute in Libya. Specialising in Libyan affairs, the Institute’s mission is to foster a culture of informed citizenship and plurality of thought. The Sadeq Institute is dedicated to informing and empowering Libyan policy makers and key stakeholders by engaging in cutting edge research and advocacy on issues of public health, democratic governance, economic development, law, and security.

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