The rights of Libyan child… Ambiguity and restrictions


Since the outbreak of the Libyan crisis in February 2011, Libyan society is heavily influenced and become a prey to internal and external political gravitations , Which reflected the prevailing social values and the function of family towards the education of children and to look with an insightful eye towards the future and its multiple aspirations. Libya, which is located on the shores of the southern Mediterranean and occupies a large geographical area and a coastal extension of nearly 2,000 km, with a population of about 6 million and a half. Most of them are from the category of youth and children, with a multi-ethnicity and a mixture of Arab and Tamazight tribes, as well as some African tribes which are displaced from the sub-Saharan countries and settled in Fezzan territory and its capital the city of Sabha (about 800 km south of Libya). It is one of the richest countries of the northern African coast. Where it enjoys enormous oil wealth, fertile agricultural land and heavy winter rains.
However, the prevailing trend in Libyan society was dominated by a tribal character,which made the idea of unifying these tribes towards one goal to build new Libya after Muammar Al Gaddafi; it has become difficult in light of tugging and tension between these tribes. As well as the conflicting political currents and military factions, especially in the east and its epicenter the city of Benghazi and the west represented in the capital Tripoli.
The observer of what is happening in Libya today from a violent competition between the aspiring factions to power and what beyond it from supporting tribal groups, it directly reflected on Libyan child, who found himself in another list of concerns and priorities of the public interest of successive governments there.
Migration of thousands of Libyan families to neighboring countries, especially (Egypt and Tunisia) has pushed many of them forcibly to deprive their children from school and the absence of adequate health care for them. Internally, It is not as bad, especially with the rush of many who are in the teenage to engage in the ranks of the armed factions , for a tribal or ideological motive , which has created an unhealthy environment for these children, and have been deprived from their rights of education and engaging in institutions that protect their childhood and develop their skills in a country that has all the ingredients for success and stability.
Human rights makes it imperative for the members of the Libyan National Congress ( the Parliament) and the executive government to initiate strict laws to protect children and preventing them from participating in works that may lead to death or permanent disability . It should initiate laws that prohibit all institutions to attract children in the labor market and makes it imperative to find some sort of community partnership with the tribes there to encourage them to send their children towards schools, and impose strict penalties for violation of these laws.


Women’s Advocacy Campaign