Human Rights

Decree to institutionalise the work of civil societies in Libya

North Africa

A new resolution was issued by the Presidential Council in Libya that aims to organise and improve the work of civil societies in the country. The Civil Society Commission, which was created from the resolution, will establish branches in more than one region, enabling it to supervise programs and projects.

In Libya, the Presidential Council (PC) issued a new resolution, which regulates a 2012 law, regarding the establishment of a Civil Society Commission. The Civil Society Commission was established by the local authorities in 2012 in order to facilitate civil society institution’s work in the country.

The 17-article resolution considers the Civil Society Commission an independent entity with a legal representative, and an independent financial liability, which follows up with the Council of Ministers. The commission will also facilitate and supervise civil society organisations throughout the country, by establishing branches in different Libyan regions.

According to the resolution, the commission should be able to support and grant permissions to international organisations wanting to work in Libya, as well as promote citizen’s freedoms.

According to observers, this resolution came out of the need to organise and regulate the chaotic civil society scene in the country, which has been carrying out projects and initiatives with no real planning with the local authorities, leading to imbalanced action.

However, with the establishment of the commission, these issues should be resolved, allowing for an expansive and organised civil society network in Libya.

Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, following the Arab Spring, the country has witnessed many periods of conflict and chaos, which has led to a displacement crisis in the country. As a result, many civil society and aid organisations attempted to fill the gap that was left as a result of the absence of a real government.

While this helped many citizens gain a sense of normalcy through reconstruction projects, many have been left without any real direction or guidance.

Now that the country is more politically stable, with heads of political factions agreeing to work together to reconstruct Libya, civil society organisations are being given more space to operate within Libya with the help of local officials and actors.

According to many observers, one of the main goals that civil society organisations, and by extension the Civil Society Commission, should try and achieve is the promotion of national reconciliation, which is much needed in the country.

To fully reap the benefits of this law, local authorities are seeking to fully implement the resolution, allowing the country’s society to be rebuilt.