• Libya’s interim government faced multiple challenges. Myriad armed groups controlled security in many parts of the country, thousands of detainees remained in government and militia-controlled detention facilities without access to justice, and rampant ill-treatment and deaths in custody persisted. Forced displacement of tens of thousands of people from the town of Tawergha by militias from nearby Misrata had yet to be resolved. Authorities failed to conclude any investigations into politically motivated assassinations, attacks on protesters in Benghazi and Tripoli, and attacks on journalists and foreign diplomatic missions, citing lack of resources and the precarious security situation.
  • Abdullah Sanussi (left), Abuzaid Dorda (second left) and Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi (right) sit behind bars during a hearing at a courtroom in Tripoli, Libya on April 14, 2014.
    The trial of 37 mostly Gaddafi-era officials accused of serious crimes during Libya’s 2011 uprising raises serious due process concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial, which began on March 24, 2014, resumed on April 14 in a specially designated courtroom in Al-Hadba Corrections Facility in Tripoli.

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  • Apr 14, 2014
    This past week, Libya's official television station broadcasted a series of videos featuring al-Saadi Gaddafi, a son of the deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, from what appears to be his jail in Tripoli. Al-Saadi, who is awaiting trial and is wearing a blue prison suit, "apologizes" to Libya's people and the authorities for any "destabilization" he may have caused, asks for "forgiveness" and "confesses" to working against the current political system, while giving detailed accounts of his interactions with prominent figures in Libya before he was extradited.
  • Apr 14, 2014
    The trial of 37 mostly Gaddafi-era officials accused of serious crimes during Libya’s 2011 uprising raises serious due process concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial, which began on March 24, 2014, resumed on April 14 in a specially designated courtroom in Al-Hadba Corrections Facility in Tripoli.
  • Mar 20, 2014
    This month, Saadi Gadhafi, the son of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, was extradited from Niger to Libya to face trial. In an email interview, Hanan Salah, a Libya researcher at Human Rights Watch, explained the progress and failures to date of Libya’s post-Gadhafi judiciary.
  • Mar 7, 2014
    The international community should agree to provide assistance to Libya’s flailing judicial system, Human Rights Watch said today following the international ministerial conference on Libya on March 6, 2014. The assistance should include urgently needed training for judicial police and trained personnel to help Libya end the crime of mass arbitrary detention. They should review the cases of the thousands of people detained in Libya without charge, some for as long as three years.
  • Feb 13, 2014
    Libya has failed to grant basic due process rights to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and other detained former officials of the Gaddafi government.
  • Feb 10, 2014
    Tripoli - Can Libya be a nation whose citizens enjoy freedom and security? The quandary made itself all too clear when we tried to hold a news conference in a hotel in Tripoli in late January.
  • Feb 8, 2014
    Hassan al-Amin works to expose human rights abuse and promote democracy in Libya. For three decades, al-Amin has remained a strong advocate, fighting for justice, accountability, and the rule of law.
  • Jan 26, 2014
    A new decree passed by Libya’s parliament banning satellite television stations critical of the government and the 2011 uprising against Gaddafi violates free speech and Libya’s Provisional Constitutional Declaration. The decree was passed January 22, 2014. The government also slashed scholarship funding for students abroad, along with salaries and bonuses to employees who take part in activities “inimical” to the revolution.
  • Jan 23, 2014
    Libya’s public prosecutor should drop the charges and not contest the appeal of a criminal conviction for “defaming” public officials. Tripoli North Court will hear the appeal of the case by Jamal al-Hajji, a leading political activist formerly detained by the Gaddafi government on January 23, 2014.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Libya is failing to institute the rule of law and protect citizens’ rights, as the country slides deeper into lawlessness, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. While the government may have limited ability to rein in hundreds of armed militias that are carrying out abuses and operating outside of government control, it can and should make progress on reforming repressive laws that violate human rights and hinder the country’s democratic transition.