February 28, 2006

A Threat to Society?

Arbitrary Detention of Women and Girls for

"Social Rehabilitation"

I. Summary
II. Recommendations
To the Government of Libya
To the United Nations
To the ACHR, E.U., and Donors
III. Background
Women's Legal Status
Government Response to Violence against Women
IV. Libya's Social Rehabilitation Facilities
Mandate and Bylaws Regulating Social Rehabilitation Facilities
Transfer of Women and Girls into "Preventive" Custody
The Benghazi Home for Juvenile Girls
The Social Welfare Home for Women in Tajoura
V. Human Rights Abuses in Libya's Social Rehabilitation Facilities
Arbitrary Deprivations of Liberty, Due Process, and Freedom of Movement
Forced Virginity Testing
Prolonged Solitary Confinement
Denying Girls the Right to Education
VI. Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Official Libyan Government Response to the Report's Findings