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Libyan human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis was assassinated on 25 June 2014. Nobody has been held accountable. To many, Salwa embodied all that is positive about the civil society movement that emerged from the 2011 uprising which she helped lead, and she remains an inspiration to this day. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of that uprising. To mark this historic milestone, we have produced a special season inspired by Salwa’s life and activism, and what it tells us about developments since 2011 and the key challenges that Libya faces today. We examine her family’s fight for justice and issues that Salwa was passionate about and that impacted her life and work, including civil society space, women’s rights, attacks against human rights defenders and accountability. This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell.
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28: Looking Ahead

28: Looking Ahead

2021-09-0122:08

In the final episode in this season, our producer Tariq Elmeri goes deeper into Salwa’s family’s pursuit for justice, and why an independent investigation is very important to her sister Iman. We will also hear from activists and journalists, who will bring us closer to understanding what it’s like to work in these fields in Libya today, and what that means for Salwa’s legacy. This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell. LFJL is sincerely grateful to Salwa’s family and friends, and all of our friends and partners in Libyan civil society who have given us their time and trust to tell this story.   LFJL created the Ali Nouh Fund to provide emergency assistance to human rights defenders who are at risk due to their work. To donate, visit https://alinouhfund.ly/. Every penny you donate will go to support human rights defenders in Libya.    Follow us: Twitter: @Libyamatterspod Facebook: @Libyamatters Instagram: @libyamatterspodcast  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.  Find our regular hosts on Twitter @Elham_LFJL and @Marwa_LFJL. Libya Matters is produced by @telmeri. Thanks to Iman Bugaighis, Raghda Ibraheem, Ghazi Gheblawi and Libya Idres El-Mesmary for contributing to this episode. Artwork by @OzDominika.  Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.  Follow LFJL at:    Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our mailing list Support our work with a single or regular donation 
In this episode, we celebrate the achievements and resilience of Libya’s civil society movement over the last 10 years, which Salwa Bugaighis played an important part in creating. We discuss the challenges that civil society actors continue to face and ways to move forward. This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell. LFJL is sincerely grateful to Salwa’s family and friends, and all of our friends and partners in Libyan civil society who have given us their time and trust to tell this story.   LFJL created the Ali Nouh Fund to provide emergency assistance to human rights defenders who are at risk due to their work. To donate, visit https://alinouhfund.ly/. Every penny you donate will go to support human rights defenders in Libya.    Follow us: Twitter: @Libyamatterspod Facebook: @Libyamatters Instagram: @libyamatterspodcast  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.  Find our regular hosts on Twitter @Elham_LFJL and @Marwa_LFJL. Libya Matters is produced by @telmeri. Thanks to Shahrazad Kablan, Abdelsalam and Emad Regea for contributing to this episode. The voiceovers in this episode were by Karim El Bouri and Mohammed Zlitny. Artwork by @OzDominika. Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.  Follow LFJL at:    Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our mailing list Support our work with a single or regular donation 
In this episode, we take a deeper look at the rights to freedom of expression and association. Ten years on from the protests that started the Libyan uprising and in the year in which elections are supposed to take place, where are we in protecting and promoting these rights? And why are they so important for accountability, peace and democracy? We explore why it is important that these rights are available equally, what they mean for diversity and inclusion, and what has changed  since 2011. This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell. LFJL is sincerely grateful to Salwa’s family and friends, and all of our friends and partners in Libyan civil society who have given us their time and trust to tell this story.   LFJL created the Ali Nouh Fund to provide emergency assistance to human rights defenders who are at risk due to their work. To donate, visit https://alinouhfund.ly/. Every penny you donate will go to support human rights defenders in Libya.    Follow us: Twitter: @Libyamatterspod Facebook: @Libyamatters Instagram: @libyamatterspodcast  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.  Find our regular hosts on Twitter @Elham_LFJL and @Marwa_LFJL. Libya Matters is produced by @telmeri.  Thanks to Shahrazad Kablan and Ghazi Gheblawi for contributing to this episode. Artwork by @OzDominika.   Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.  Follow LFJL at:    Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our mailing list Support our work with a single or regular donation 
In today’s episode, we look back at the role of women in the 2011 uprising and the birth of #Libya's civil society movement. Salwa Bugaighis was seen by many to be one of the leaders of that movement and she was a role model for many women who were perhaps entering the public and political space for the first time. We discuss what has happened to the women who were so prominent in Libyan civil society in 2011 and how the landscape for women has developed since, including their ability to participate freely and meaningfully in public and political life. This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell. LFJL is sincerely grateful to Salwa’s family and friends, and all of our friends and partners in Libyan civil society who have given us their time and trust to tell this story.   LFJL created the Ali Nouh Fund to provide emergency assistance to human rights defenders who are at risk due to their work. To donate, visit https://alinouhfund.ly/. Every penny you donate will go to support human rights defenders in Libya.    Follow us: Twitter: @Libyamatterspod Facebook: @Libyamatters Instagram: @libyamatterspodcast  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.  Find our regular hosts on Twitter @Elham_LFJL and @Marwa_LFJL. Libya Matters is produced by @telmeri. Thanks to Shahrazad Kablan, Ghazi Gheblawi, Libya Idres El-Mesmary, Heba Aoun and Fatma Hawas for contributing to this episode. The voiceovers in this episode were by Belqees Riyadh and Ghouson Mesai. Artwork by  @OzDominika. Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.  Follow LFJL at:   Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our mailing list Support our work with a single or regular donation 
24: Murder in Benghazi

24: Murder in Benghazi

2021-08-0418:21

On 25 June 2014, Libyan human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis celebrated casting her vote in parliamentary elections. Hours later, she was brutally murdered in her own home, a crime which sent shockwaves through Libya’s civil society movement. In the first episode of a special new season marking the tenth anniversary of Libya's 2011 uprising and the birth of that civil society movement, we speak to Salwa’s family and friends to remember that day and reflect on what Salwa's assassination meant for Libya, and what has changed since. This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell. Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) is sincerely grateful to Salwa’s family and friends, and all of our friends and partners in Libyan civil society who gave us their time and trust to tell this story.   LFJL created the Ali Nouh Fund to provide emergency assistance to human rights defenders who are at risk due to their work. To donate, visit https://alinouhfund.ly/. Every penny you donate will go to support human rights defenders in Libya.    Follow us:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcastIf you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review.  Find our regular hosts on Twitter @Elham_LFJL and @Marwa_LFJL. Libya Matters is produced by @telmeri. Thanks to Iman Bugaighis for contributing to this episode. Artwork by @OzDominika.Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.  Follow LFJL at:  Twitter: @LibyanJusticeFacebook: @LibyanJusticeInstagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibyaSubscribe to our mailing listSupport our work with a single or regular donation
Libyan human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis was assassinated on 25 June 2014. Nobody has been held accountable. To many, Salwa embodied all that is positive about the civil society movement that emerged from the 2011 uprising which she helped lead, and she remains an inspiration to this day. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of that uprising. To mark this historic milestone, we have produced a special season inspired by Salwa’s life and activism, and what it tells us about developments since 2011 and the key challenges that Libya faces today. We examine her family’s fight for justice and issues that Salwa was passionate about and that impacted her life and work, including civil society space, women’s rights, attacks against human rights defenders and accountability. This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell. LFJL is sincerely grateful to Salwa’s family and friends, and all of our friends and partners in Libyan civil society who gave us their time and trust to tell this story. LFJL created the Ali Nouh Fund to provide emergency assistance to human rights defenders who are at risk due to their work. To donate, visit https://alinouhfund.ly/. Every penny you donate will go to support human rights defenders in Libya.  Follow us:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcastIf you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review.  Find our regular hosts on Twitter @Elham_LFJL and @Marwa_LFJL. Libya Matters is produced by @telmeri. Artwork by  @OzDominika.Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya.  Follow LFJL at:  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our mailing listSupport our work with a single or regular donation
In previous episodes we’ve explored avenues for accountability, but what about legal measures that may prevent it? In our season finale we discuss amnesties, which are rather popular in Libya (there have been at least four since 2011 that we know of). We’re joined by Rupert Skilbeck, barrister and Director of REDRESS, an organisation focused on seeking redress for victims of torture.  We discuss the prohibition against blanket amnesties for gross human rights violations under international human rights law and some key victims’ rights including the right to a remedy; the right to an investigation; the right to truth; the right to cessation and guarantees of non-repetition; and the right to restitution, compensation, rehabilitation and satisfaction.** You can find Rupert on Twitter at @RupertSkilbeck **Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast
According to the UN, as of September 2020 there were 392,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Libya. Each one has a story, and each one has rights, but what are they? This week we talk with one of the world’s foremost experts on this often-misunderstood subject, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary. Cecilia is a human rights lawyer with over two decades of experience as an advocate for human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, a leading expert on forced displacement and migration, and since 2016 she has been the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. You can find Cecilia on Twitter at @cejjimenezLearn more about the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons here.**Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast
The Libyan media scene has exploded since 2011, but from established international outlets to fake news churned out by armies of Twitter bots, how can we navigate it? To guide us, we’re joined by Ahmed Gatnash, co-founder of the Kawaakibi Foundation, an accelerator for thinkers and doers focused on the future of liberty in Arab and Muslim societies, host of the Arab Tyrant Manual podcast and co-author of the forthcoming book The Middle East Crisis Factory. You can find Ahmed on Twitter at @gatnashFind the Kawaakibi Foundation at https://kawaakibi.org/Listen to the Arab Tyrant Manual podcast at https://arabtyrantmanual.com/podcast/**Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast
What is life like for Libyan women right now? What challenges are Libyan women dealing with? Can we even speak of Libyan women in general? Asma Khalifa is an activist, researcher, co-founder of the Tamazight Women’s Movement and Khalifa Ihler Institute, and leading Libyan thinker on intersectional feminism. We ask her how women’s rights work gets done, or doesn’t, in Libya today. You can find Asma on Twitter at @AsmaKhalifaLY **Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast
What is art? What is culture? And what role do they play in Libya today? We’re delighted to reflect on Libya’s conflict in a very different way with one of the country’s best-known artists, Hadia Gana. Hadia has worked with ceramics and glass and produced many fascinating installations, and as a leading advocate for cultural heritage, recently founded Libya’s first art museum. Discussing the link between art and justice brings to mind our conversations with the great Justice Albie Sachs, who, when appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by Nelson Mandela, realised that art played an essential role in dealing with the ghosts of the country's Apartheid past. A powerful reminder of the vital link between art and justice! You can find Hadia on Facebook at facebook.com/hadia.gana **Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast
Last year, Lawyers for Justice in Libya and SOAS, University of London were honoured to welcome Mr Pablo de Greiff, the UN’s first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, to deliver the inaugural Annual Justice Lecture. Pablo is a most amazingly nuanced and lucid thinker and was so incredibly patient with us! As we prepare for this year’s lecture, we listen again and reflect on the state of Libyan justice in 2020. On October 13th, Mr Hanny Megally will deliver this year’s lecture entitled: Doing Justice: International Investigations and the Path to Accountability. To join, register using the link below or find out more on our socials.  👉 bit.ly/3j4iZa4  And now, back to last year! **Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast
What does accountability mean? And how do we achieve it? Leading legal advocate and academic Valentina Azarova joins us to discuss how we can think outside the box and be more creative when seeking justice, why we need to stay focussed on the bigger picture when dealing with a crisis and where international law has its limits.  You can find Valentina on Twitter at @ValentinaAzarov **Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast 
Shockingly, one in five households in Libya has had a person forcibly disappeared. What does it mean to be disappeared? How does it impact the disappeared person, their family and the wider community? This week, we have the privilege of joining inspiring human rights defender and women’s rights activist Jabir Zain to hear how he survived enforced disappearance in Libya.  **Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast 
This week we’re joined by Alex Whiting, Deputy Prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, Harvard Law Professor of Practice (on leave), former ICC and ICTY prosecutor and renowned criminal law expert. We discuss why justice has been so hard to achieve in Libya and why we should not give up on the International Criminal Court just yet. In a time of global crisis when the political will to pursue individual accountability is waning, how can we turn the tide? ** You can find Alex on Twitter at @alexgwhiting ** Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Instagram: lawyersforjusticeinlibya Subscribe to our Newsletter** Support our work with a single or regular donation**Find Libya Matters at:Twitter: @LibyamatterspodFacebook: @LibyamattersInstagram: @libyamatterspodcast 
We’re back! It’s been a year since the end of Season 1 and so much seems to have changed without anything feeling like it has! Does that even make sense? To help guide us through it all we talk to Tarek Megerisi, Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and one of the most prolific writers on Libya. He tells like it is and boy do we need that!   If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, leave a review and a 5 STAR rating wherever you get your podcasts. ** You can find Tarek on Twitter at @Tmegrisi Read his latest commentary on the new political process here ** Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: https://www.libyanjustice.org Email: Info@libyanjustice.org  Twitter: @LibyanJustice Facebook: @LibyanJustice Subscribe to our Newsletter Support our work with a single or regular donation**  Find Libya Matters at: Twitter: @libyamatterspodFacebook: @libyamatters
Introducing Season 02

Introducing Season 02

2020-09-0701:13

We're super excited to launch Season 2 of Libya Matters! This season is different. We go deeper and explore themes we've not done before, but we're still going to be asking the not-so-easy questions. Join us, as we challenge ourselves to think, learn and get uncomfortable as we bring nuance to all matters Libya.
 In this episode, Dr Wolfram Lacher, Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and author of "Libya's Fragmentation: Structure and Process in Violent Conflict", joins hosts Elham Saudi and Marwa Mohamed to discuss sanctions. They discuss what they are and how they work, who has the authority to impose them and, most importantly, whether they are still relevant in Libya today.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review and a 5 STAR rating on iTunes.You can find Wolfram Lacher on Twitter as @W_Lacher**Checkout Lawyers for Justice work at https://www.libyanjustice.orgSupport our work by a single or regular donation at https://www.bit.ly/lfjldonateStay in the loop with Libya Matters by subscribing here: http://bit.ly/libyamatters-newsletter**Stay in the loop with Lawyers for Justice in Libya by subscribing here http://bit.ly/lfjl-newsletter
In this episode, Hafed Al-Ghweel, non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University, joins host Elham Saudi to discuss divisions in Libya. Through a rich and comprehensive discussion of the past and current situation, Hafed walks us through the many internal separations in Libya: the historical context, cultural differences and the growing polarisation within society. He raises the question: could the division of Libya be a solution to the current conflict and, if so, what would that division look like? If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review and a 5 STAR rating on iTunes. You can find Hafed Al-Ghwell on Twitter as @HafedAlGhwell**Checkout Lawyers for Justice work at https://www.libyanjustice.org**Support our work by a single or regular donation at https://www.bit.ly/lfjldonate**Stay in the loop with Libya Matters by subscribing here: http://bit.ly/libyamatters-newsletter**Stay in the loop with Lawyers for Justice in Libya by subscribing here: http://bit.ly/lfjl-newsletter
In this episode, we talk about migration with Matteo de Bellis, Amnesty International’s researcher. As we try to debunk the official narrative in a relaxed and engaging chat, we share some interesting facts and stats and real solutions as to why migration is not a crisis, but rather a phenomenon.If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review and a 5 STAR rating on iTunes. You can find Matteo de Bellis on Twitter as @matteodebellisCheckout Lawyers for Justice work at https://www.libyanjustice.org**Support our work by a single or regular donation at https://www.bit.ly/lfjldonate**Stay in the loop with Libya Matters by subscribing here: http://bit.ly/libyamatters-newsletter**Stay in the loop with Lawyers for Justice in Libya by subscribing here: http://bit.ly/lfjl-newsletter
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Omar Deghayes

very pathetic..shallow..where is 5000 deseperences in the Rada prisons or Hafters Alrajema prisons...all you can remember is Tawerga?!! seriously...where did you find this self praising Atheist..who demonstrated in Tripoli that was defending its civilians from Hafters outlaws .. a mind set of Scouts for the Imprial invading Armies

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