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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 00:00


On Wednesday, 23 November 2011, the Independent Civil Society Mission to Libya concluded its work. The Mission was organised by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR), and the International Legal Aid Consortium (ILAC). It comprised two distinct units, a Training Team, and a Fact-Finding Mission.


On Tuesday, 22 November, the Mission participated in an awards ceremony held at il fonduq il ikbeer in Tripoli. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Tripoli Bar Association, and certificates were awarded to the training course participants. The Tripoli Bar Association also formally recognised the work of the Mission, and ILAC, PCHR, and the AOHR.


The Mission wish to thank the assistance extended to them during their visit, in particular by the host organisation, and national and regional authorities.


The Fact-Finding Mission


The Fact-Finding Mission was composed of a number of leading lawyers and jurists with expertise in international human rights law, international criminal law, and the law of armed conflict. Its members include: Raji Sourani, Dr. Ameen Mekki Madani, Mohsin Awad, Ameena Abu Aish, Agnetta Johansson, William Meryer, and Daragh Murray. The Mission identified three principal subjects for investigation: potential violations of international law committed by the former government; potential violations of international committed by the former rebels and current authorities, including de facto authorities, from 17 February; and potential violations of international law committed by NATO.


While in Libya, the Mission met with witnesses, victims, members of the armed forces and armed groups, and members of the current political establishment. The Mission conducted a number of field visits, inter alia, to Tripoli, Azzawiya, Khoms, Zleitn, Misrata, Tawergha, and Sirte. The Mission also visited current and former detention facilities, and met with representatives of the Tripoli and Libyan Bar Association, and with the Minister of Justice.


The Fact-Finding Mission is currently preparing an in-depth report on its visit, including its observations and recommendations. This Report will be presented at a press conference in Cairo in December.


Members of the Mission:


- Raji Sourani is a lawyer, and Director of PCHR;

- Dr. Ameen Mekki Madani is a prominent lawyer from Sudan, and former President of the Arab Organization for Human Rights;

- Mohsin Awad is former Secretary-General of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, a member of the Egyptian Human Rights Council, and a prominent human rights activists and researcher;

- Ameena Abu Aish is president of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights;

- Agnetta Johansson is a lawyer and Deputy Director of the International Legal Aid Consortium;

- William Meryer is a lawyer and president of the International Legal Aid Consortium;

- Daragh Murray is a Government of Ireland IRCHSS Scholar, and International Legal Officer at PCHR.


The Training Team


The Training Team was comprised of experienced trainers from PCHR, AOHR, as well as Arab and foreign experts. Those participating in seminars included: Raji Sourani, PCHR Director; Iyad al-Alami, Advocate and PCHR Deputy Director for Administrative and Legal Affairs, and Head of Legal Unit at PCHR, Bassam Al-Aqra, head of PCHR's Training Unit; Ibtissam Zarqout, head of PCHR's Field Work Unit; Mahmoud Franji, PCHR Democratic Development Unit; Mutaz Uthmann, Director AOHR Legal Unit; and Islam Abu El-Enein, AOHR Researcher. Participating experts included, Dr. Ameen Mekki Medanee, Agnetta Johansson, William Meryer, and Ameena Abu Aish.


The first 3-day training session targeted lawyers, and human rights defenders, and featured modules including: An Introduction to Human Rights; Human Rights Concepts, Terminology, and Instruments; Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection at the National Level; An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Justice; The Rome Statue and the International Criminal Court; Transitional Justice; Prosecution of War Criminals; Monitoring and Documentation; Monitoring and Documentation in Practice; and the Preparation of Human Rights Reports.


The second 3-day training session targeted judges, prosecutors, and members of the law enforcement agencies. Modules included: an introduction to human rights concepts, such as: terminology and instruments; International Bill of Human Rights; mechanisms of human rights protection at the national level; an introduction to international humanitarian law and international criminal justice; the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court; transitional justice; prosecution of war criminals and universal jurisdiction; the rule of law; separation of powers; guarantees of fair trial; and the role of the lawyers and judiciary, including judges, members of the Office of the Prosecutor, and law enforcement officials in protecting human rights.

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