Libya’s Human Rights Commission Denounces Women’s Travel Restrictions

Libya’s Human Rights Commission Denounces Women’s Travel Restrictions
Libya’s Human Rights Commission Denounces Women’s Travel Restrictions

The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) strongly condemned and denounced the restrictions and obstacles imposed on the rights of Libyan women willing to travel outside the country.

The NCHRL said in a statement that the Internal Security Agency (ISA) forces Libyan women to fill out a form containing their data and the contact details of their families.

The NCHRL said that this “arbitrary and illegal” measure is a violation of the rights of Libyan women and a restriction on the freedom of movement of Libyan female citizens.

It called on the ISA to reverse this procedure, cancel the restrictions imposed on freedom of travel, and ensure respect for the right to freedom of movement and travel.

The rights group also urged the Parliament and the government to take urgent action to cancel this arbitrary decision against Libyan women.

In March, the Libyan Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, Houria Al-Tarmal, held a meeting with representatives of the United Nations Women’s Commission in Libya.

They touched on ways to “combat the various forms of violence, especially cyber, to which Libyan women running for elections and taking part in political life are subjected.”

Al-Tarmal affirmed the “serious efforts being taken to apply the cybercrime law, establish a governmental mechanism to reduce the suffering of vulnerable women, and support their safe participation in the electoral life at this critical stage in Libya.”

Recently, 20 women, including eight from the High Council of State (HCS) and twelve from the Libyan Parliament agreed to work together to advocate for greater female representation in the country’s future parliament, revealed the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

In a statement issued on Tuesday, UNSMIL said that the mutually agreed strategy came during a meeting this week in Tripoli.

“Women face unique challenges in politics due to their perceived social roles in society,” said Georgette Gagnon, UNSMIL’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, who chaired the meeting.