Migrants passing through Libya are at risk of severe human rights violations including torture and ill-treatment, sexual exploitation and forced labour. Options for accountability in Libya remain severely limited as the criminal justice system is at a standstill. With your support LFJL will provide migrants, who have been subject to human rights violations in Libya, with access to justice internationally, filing cases and submissions before international courts and human rights mechanisms.
There are more than 700,000 migrants in Libya according to the International Organisation on Migration (IOM). The majority have fled armed conflict, persecution and extreme poverty. Once in Libya, migrants are routinely subjected to widespread human rights violations including torture, forced labour and sexual violence. LFJL will work to end the impunity for the perpetrators of these violations by seeking accountability for their crimes internationally which will, in turn, deter further crimes.
The project will document the cases of migrants that have experienced violations in Libya, work to obtain justice using international human rights mechanisms such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the International Criminal Court, and facilitate psychological and medical rehabilitation for the victims.
For victims, the project will ensure the violations they have suffered are acknowledged and they receive a measure of redress. On a national scale, the project will facilitate accountability and prosecutions to deter traffickers and armed actors from continuing to commit violations. It is hoped that the increased risk of prosecution for traffickers at the international level will act as a deterrence not just in Libya but across the region, supporting its stabilisation.