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Libya: Cancellation not Freezing

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Friday 24th February, 2017

On Thursday evening 23/2/2017 the decree NO. 7/2017 was issued regarding cancelling and adding a rule to decree NO.6/2017 which stipulated a previous security approval to Libyans aged between 18-45 (men and women). (DAAM) consider this decree as prejudice as the previous one to the Libyans rights.

And (DAAM) center urges Libyan, regional and international civil society organizations to proceed working on cancelling this decree, as we assure its incompatibility with international and regional conventions and treaties signed and ratified by Libya, as well as with the interim constitutional declaration and the political agreement.  Also because of the lack of jurisdiction flaw, the deviation of power, and its total inadequacy to the public interest.

Thursday 23th February, 2017

In the light of developments in the past few days about the decree No 6 for 2017 issued by the military forces chief of staff and the military ruler (Darna -Ben Jawad) General Abdulrazaq al Naduri regarding banning women under sixty years old from traveling without guardian  ”Mehram” that was freezed later according to a Facebook post by Abeir Imneina – the head of Civil Society Commission

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which has been confirmed by a female traveller through Abrag Airport (250Km eastern Benghazi) as she mentioned being asked by the officers about her (Mehrem) and they denied their knowledge of the freezing in a state of confusion as she described before she was allowed to travel.

DAAM Center welcomes this positive step taken by General Abdulrazaq al Naduri hoping it would be a step toward reviewing the decree and cancelling it, DAAM also expresses its concern about maintaining the state of freezing, therefore applying the decree will become selective against activists, politicians, and public figures following the Libyan affair, and that there will be a tendency to impose a single vote policy, especially after a statement by the member of defence and national security committee in the parliament – Tarek Aljrushi that the Committee is engaged these days in studying the  backgrounds and implications of the decree, and after it finishes its work we will arrange for a meeting with the human rights organizations for the women who were included in this decree, to find consensual solutions that serve national security and public interest in a way that doesn’t affect the private liberties.

 While writing this statement, Libya Almostakbal website published news on cancelling the decree. Hence, (DAAM) center welcomes this positive step towards ensuring the rights guaranteed to Libyans in general and Libyan women in particular.

At the same time, DAAM center highly values the unity of civil society: civil society organizations and activists. Who organized a protest yesterday 22/2/2017 in Benghazi and issued condemnation statements that accompanied these moves. Which obviously have begun to come with positive results. As should be noted (DAAM) center issued a condemning statement in which a post was referred to the parliament member (Entisar Shinneb). And comments were received denying her ownership to the account, and we haven’t been able to confirm this information yet.

(DAAM) center insists on the necessity to cancel the decree which is not compatible with international and regional conventions and treaties signed and ratified by Libya, as well as with the interim constitutional declaration and the  political agreement.  Also because of the lack of jurisdiction flaw, the deviation of power, and its total inadequacy to the public interest.

Democratic Transition and Human Rights Support Center DAAM expresses its relief to unconfirmed news of the decree cancellation, while it emphasizes the need to continue to unite civil society efforts until the cancellation becomes official.

For Arabic version click here: http://daamdth.org/archives/1487 

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