Target: Justice Minister Salah Bashir Margani
Goal: Turn over two men accused of crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court for a proper trial
The trials of many Gaddafi-era officials in Libya have raised concerns about due process and human rights in the country. Problems include the limited contact with lawyers for the defendants, and the inability of public defenders to access key documents pertaining to trials. The government in Tripoli must do more to ensure that all defendants have access to a lawyer and time to prepare their defense.
The recent defendants include a son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, as well as Gaddafi’s intelligence chief, Abdullah Sanussi. The men are also implicated in cases currently underway at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. They are charged in international court of crimes against humanity for their roles in violently suppressing the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Libya has ignored calls by the ICC to turn over the men, despite international obligations that state the men must be turned over to international judicial authorities. The trial in Tripoli underlines the importance that these men be transported before they are unjustly tried and convicted.
In order for Libya to move forward from the violence of the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi and his government, there must be legitimate accountability for the crimes committed against the Libyan people. Authorities acting the way they are in this case will not provide any justice to the people of Libya. Sign this petition and demand that these two men are turned over to the ICC to face legitimate justice.
The recent trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Sanussi has raised serious concerns about the efficacy and legality of the Libyan justice system. These men are also required to face trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where they are charged with crimes against humanity during the revolution in Libya. I ask that they be turned over to authorities at the ICC before they are convicted of anything in Libya.
It is obvious to the international community that the trial in Tripoli is flawed. The men have not been able to access their lawyers or prepare a proper defense. If they are convicted under these circumstances, there will be no sense of real justice for the Libyan people and the international community will be disappointed by your government’s blatant disregard for human rights.
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