Libyan women’s leadership… Councils vie for civil society commission

In his meeting with “Sky News Arabia”, Mabrouka Palmer explained the origin of the dispute, saying that the commission was established in 2012 in the city of Benghazi, but that Fayez Al-Sarraj, the former head of the Presidential Council, formed the final 2018 and early 2019 a parallel body in violation of the law in the capital Tripoli.

And he added that the Libyans expected, after the political agreement in Geneva 2021 and the formation of the Presidential Council and the government of national unity headed by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, the unification of the institutions, but the opposite happened, since the government of Dabaiba “failed” in this task.

She attributed this to the fact that al-Dabaiba emptied offices and headquarters in the eastern region, including institutions whose formation decision states that their headquarters are in Benghazi, including the Civil Society Commission, and the formation of a third board of directors. for the separate commission of the two councils of Benghazi and Tripoli.

In response, the commission turned to administrative control, the attorney general, and the head of government to unify the institutions and file a grievance with the presidential council, which responded and issued a decision transferring the subordination of the civil society commission to the presidential council. , but so far no decision has been issued to unify the commission’s advice, according to Mabrouka Palmer.

A self-unification decision between the main and parallel branches of the Commission is likely to be issued, to show that civil society is far from political disputes.

And there are 7,000 organizations working in Libya that have obtained accreditation, some of them are starting to work and some of them are suspended due to lack of capacities, including 35 international organizations and branches of international organizations.

Organization monitoring

The chairman of the Civil Society Commission praises the working climate of civil society organisations, especially in eastern Libya, saying that they “work comfortably” and that supervision is subsequent, while the Commission fulfills its function of follow-up of the headquarters of the organizations. , documents and works to ensure that there are no violations, and communicates to the security authorities if there are any violations of national security.

In this, he pointed out that an international organization had previously been notified to suspend his permit due to a complaint from a citizen who came to court.

The commission and the parties

The President of the Commission denies that the civil action organizations are directly affiliated with the political parties, pointing out that there are parties that try to provide help to the organizations and have a civil wing to attract the greatest number of their adherents, but it has not been So. proven that a party has an organization that operates under its wing.

Mabrouka Palmer conveys from organizations such as Human Rights, Amnesty International and local organizations his disapproval of the way the parallel commission in Tripoli works with them, pointing out that these organizations and the UN mission prefer to work with the legitimate headquarters of the commission in Benghazi, and the parallel commission has registered only 360 organizations, almost labor organizations in the capital.

elections and reconciliation

As for the role of the commission in the postponed general elections, its president says that she participated in preparing them by training observers. Regarding the municipal elections, he pointed out that the commission demanded the inclusion of cities in the list of elected municipalities, including Derna, Sirte and Benghazi, and is working on collecting signatures to address the commission to include other municipalities. .

Mabrouka Palmer described the Commission’s role in national reconciliation as a “genuine partner,” holding a meeting with the US Congressional Institute of Peace on reconciliation and community safety, emphasizing inclusive reconciliation the Libyans.

He believes that reconciliation should not be limited to the parties to the conflict, but include those affected and victims of military operations.

He concluded that the Presidential Council must accelerate the work of reconciliation from the popular base, and then the political parties that will agree when their interests coincide.

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