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  • Libyan human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis was assassinated on 25 June 2014. Nobody has been held accountable. To many, Salwa embodied all that is positive about the civil society movement that emerged from the 2011 uprising which she helped lead, and she remains an inspiration to this day. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of that uprising. To mark this historic milestone, we have produced a special season inspired by Salwa’s life and activism, and what it tells us about developments since 2011 and the key challenges that Libya faces today. We examine her family’s fight for justice and issues that Salwa was passionate about and that impacted her life and work, including civil society space, women’s rights, attacks against human rights defenders and accountability. This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell.

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  • When is a peace process a success? What role do human rights, justice and due process play? Is it ever ok to sacrifice those for political expediency? What part should civil society organisations play?

    In this special episode, Elham Saudi takes the hot seat and talks to Tarek Megerisi, Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and co-host Marwa Mohamed, about her experience and the challenges she faced as one of the 75 members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) tasked with getting Libya to a sustainable peace and an elected government in December 2021.

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    [correction] Around 9 minutes in, Elham says that the LPDF started meeting in early 2019, when in fact it started meeting in 2020.

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  • In previous episodes we’ve explored avenues for accountability, but what about legal measures that may prevent it? In our season finale we discuss amnesties, which are rather popular in Libya (there have been at least four since 2011 that we know of). We’re joined by Rupert Skilbeck, barrister and Director of REDRESS, an organisation focused on seeking redress for victims of torture. We discuss the prohibition against blanket amnesties for gross human rights violations under international human rights law and some key victims’ rights including the right to a remedy; the right to an investigation; the right to truth; the right to cessation and guarantees of non-repetition; and the right to restitution, compensation, rehabilitation and satisfaction.

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  • According to the UN, as of September 2020 there were 392,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Libya. Each one has a story, and each one has rights, but what are they? This week we talk with one of the world’s foremost experts on this often-misunderstood subject, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary. Cecilia is a human rights lawyer with over two decades of experience as an advocate for human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, a leading expert on forced displacement and migration, and since 2016 she has been the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

    You can find Cecilia on Twitter at @cejjimenez

    Learn more about the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons here.

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  • The Libyan media scene has exploded since 2011, but from established international outlets to fake news churned out by armies of Twitter bots, how can we navigate it? To guide us, we’re joined by Ahmed Gatnash, co-founder of the Kawaakibi Foundation, an accelerator for thinkers and doers focused on the future of liberty in Arab and Muslim societies, host of the Arab Tyrant Manual podcast and co-author of the forthcoming book The Middle East Crisis Factory.

    You can find Ahmed on Twitter at @gatnash

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  • What is life like for Libyan women right now? What challenges are Libyan women dealing with? Can we even speak of Libyan women in general? Asma Khalifa is an activist, researcher, co-founder of the Tamazight Women’s Movement and Khalifa Ihler Institute, and leading Libyan thinker on intersectional feminism. We ask her how women’s rights work gets done, or doesn’t, in Libya today.

    You can find Asma on Twitter at @AsmaKhalifaLY

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  • What is art? What is culture? And what role do they play in Libya today? We’re delighted to reflect on Libya’s conflict in a very different way with one of the country’s best-known artists, Hadia Gana. Hadia has worked with ceramics and glass and produced many fascinating installations, and as a leading advocate for cultural heritage, recently founded Libya’s first art museum. Discussing the link between art and justice brings to mind our conversations with the great Justice Albie Sachs, who, when appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by Nelson Mandela, realised that art played an essential role in dealing with the ghosts of the country's Apartheid past. A powerful reminder of the vital link between art and justice!

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  • Last year, Lawyers for Justice in Libya and SOAS, University of London were honoured to welcome Mr Pablo de Greiff, the UN’s first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, to deliver the inaugural Annual Justice Lecture. Pablo is a most amazingly nuanced and lucid thinker and was so incredibly patient with us! As we prepare for this year’s lecture, we listen again and reflect on the state of Libyan justice in 2020.

    On October 13th, Mr Hanny Megally will deliver this year’s lecture entitled: Doing Justice: International Investigations and the Path to Accountability. To join, register using the link below or find out more on our socials.

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    And now, back to last year!

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  • What does accountability mean? And how do we achieve it? Leading legal advocate and academic Valentina Azarova joins us to discuss how we can think outside the box and be more creative when seeking justice, why we need to stay focussed on the bigger picture when dealing with a crisis and where international law has its limits.

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  • Shockingly, one in five households in Libya has had a person forcibly disappeared. What does it mean to be disappeared? How does it impact the disappeared person, their family and the wider community? This week, we have the privilege of joining inspiring human rights defender and women’s rights activist Jabir Zain to hear how he survived enforced disappearance in Libya.

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  • This week we’re joined by Alex Whiting, Deputy Prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, Harvard Law Professor of Practice (on leave), former ICC and ICTY prosecutor and renowned criminal law expert. We discuss why justice has been so hard to achieve in Libya and why we should not give up on the International Criminal Court just yet. In a time of global crisis when the political will to pursue individual accountability is waning, how can we turn the tide?

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  • We’re back! It’s been a year since the end of Season 1 and so much seems to have changed without anything feeling like it has! Does that even make sense? To help guide us through it all we talk to Tarek Megerisi, Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and one of the most prolific writers on Libya. He tells like it is and boy do we need that!

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    Read his latest commentary on the new political process here

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  • We're super excited to launch Season 2 of Libya Matters! This season is different. We go deeper and explore themes we've not done before, but we're still going to be asking the not-so-easy questions. Join us, as we challenge ourselves to think, learn and get uncomfortable as we bring nuance to all matters Libya.

  • In this episode, Dr Wolfram Lacher, Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and author of "Libya's Fragmentation: Structure and Process in Violent Conflict", joins hosts Elham Saudi and Marwa Mohamed to discuss sanctions. They discuss what they are and how they work, who has the authority to impose them and, most importantly, whether they are still relevant in Libya today.

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    You can find Wolfram Lacher on Twitter as @W_Lacher
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  • In this episode, Hafed Al-Ghweel, non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University, joins host Elham Saudi to discuss divisions in Libya. Through a rich and comprehensive discussion of the past and current situation, Hafed walks us through the many internal separations in Libya: the historical context, cultural differences and the growing polarisation within society. He raises the question: could the division of Libya be a solution to the current conflict and, if so, what would that division look like?


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  • In this episode, we talk about migration with Matteo de Bellis, Amnesty International’s researcher. As we try to debunk the official narrative in a relaxed and engaging chat, we share some interesting facts and stats and real solutions as to why migration is not a crisis, but rather a phenomenon.

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  • In this episode, Poonam Joshi, Consultant Director at Funders' Initiative for Civil Society and former Executive Director of the Sigrid Rausing Fund, joins host Elham Saudi to discuss the threats and attacks civil society and human rights defenders face in Libya. Together, we explore how and why the space for civil society in Libya is shrinking, and how, as human rights defenders, we can begin to contest and counter this trend.

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  • In this episode, Tim Eaton, Research Fellow in the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, joins Elham to talk money. By discussing how politics and economics in Libya intersect and influence each other, Tim walks us through the conflict war economy in Libya, how the economic structure itself has helped fuel the conflict, and who is really benefitting from this situation.

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  • In this episode, hosts Elham Saudi and Marwa Mohamed are joined by the amazing Laila Alodaat, Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, to focus on women. The episode delves into the specific impact of conflict on women and why women are so vital to peace and state-building. It also celebrates the bravery of Libyan women in the face of immensely difficult circumstances.


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  • In this episode, Frederic Wehrey, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of the book The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, joins Elham to unpick US policy in Libya. Together, they retrace what happened at the Committee of Foreign Affairs' Congressional Hearings in May 2019, and try to understand whether US engagement in Libya can be positive, in the context of accountability and the rule of law.

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