| Sep 17, 2020
LFJL continues to Speak Truth to Power on the dire conditions facing migrants in Libya
#RoutesToJustice: LFJL continues to Speak Truth to Power on the dire conditions facing migrants in Libya
Although our advocacy and accountability efforts on the ground continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, LFJL has continued to stay vocal about the plight of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya over the past few months.
In June, LFJL’s co-founder and Director, Elham Saudi, appeared on IGTV with George The Poet, following their collaboration on Episode 7 of George’s podcast (Have You Heard George’s Podcast) in 2019. Against the backdrop of Black Lives Matter protests reignited by the murder of George Floyd, George and Elham discussed how to create solutions beyond social media noise, based on their experiences with the Libyan Slave Trade story that broke in 2017. Elham reflected on her own experiences of holding powerful actors accountable and provided insight into how to have meaningful conversations with decision makers. She highlighted the importance of fact-finding, documentation work, and directing the ‘noise’ to the people who hold the influence. LFJL continues to do this through its podcast Libya Matters, which it has been working on for the past few months ahead of the launch of Season 2. The new season will continue to discuss themes affecting the rights and treatment of migrants, and advocate for their protection, with an upcoming episode set to critically examine accountability mechanisms for European Migration policy.
LFJL has also been monitoring the volatile situation for migrants in Libya given ongoing COVID-19 concerns. On May 21st we co-hosted a live discussion on conflict, COVID and Libya, chaired by LFJL’s Head of Advocacy and Outreach, Marwa Mohamed. The event concluded a series of opinion pieces published in partnership with openDemocracy, “Libya, between conflict and pandemic”, and facilitated an informed discussion with the authors of the pieces about the intensified conflict, the collapsed healthcare system, and the threat of coronavirus from a human rights perspective.
LFJL will continue to engage in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process conducted by the UN Human Rights Council by submitting further advocacy material that highlights issues faced by migrants in Libya, including arbitrary detention, forced labour, sexual exploitation, and torture. We will also be publishing our recommendations to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees, drawn from our earlier report submitted ahead of Libya’s UPR.
Season 2 of Libya Matters can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and all other major platforms. New episodes released every Wednesday.
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