Project information

Human Rights for Libya's Refugees

Using our legal expertise, we will carry out strategic litigation on behalf of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers who have experienced human rights violations during their transit or stay in Libya. We can help individuals access redress and encourage new protective policies to be adopted.

February 2017 - January 2018

Charity information

Lawyers For Justice In Libya

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  • Need


    There are currently 100,000 refugees and asylum seekers within Libya of whom only 37% are registered with UNHCR, many fleeing from human rights violations. Over 3,000 foreign nationals are held in migrant detention facilities at extreme risk of ill-treatment and being subjected to torture. 2,859 individuals have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2016 alone, the vast majority departing from Libya. This is nearly 1,000 more than in the same period 2015.


    By documented and taking cases on behalf of individuals who have suffered human rights violations, we can not only help individuals gain access to redress and rehabilitation, but also encourage the adoption of policies that will prevent such abuses from occurring in the future. In this way we can increased accountability and awareness of current human rights concerns, whilst seeking to improve the living standards of refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide Redress and Rehabilitation for Libya's Refugees and Asylum Seekers


    » Documentation of Violations
    » Legal advice and submissions to relevant courts or international mechanisms

    Number of individuals who gain access to redress and rehabilitation

    Aim 2

    Promote policy changes to safeguard the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers within Libya


    » Legal submissions to relevant courts or international mechanisms - which establish rulings on state behaviour
    » National and International advocacy activities to support such rulings

    Recognition of the state of relevant rulings and the amendment of current policy activities which offer greater protections.

    Aim 3

    Raise awareness of human rights violations experienced by asylum seekers and refugees


    » Newsletters, statements and Public Service Announcements related to our strategic litigation activities

    Public engagement with such releases, metrics of such engagement will be monitored online.

  • Impact


    To improve the overall condition of refugees and asylum seekers within Libya. This will be demonstrated by better the adoption of policies and legislative safeguards that impact on the treatment of such groups within Libya. In the longer term this will be demonstrated by better conditions in migrant detention centres and the prevention of arbitrary detention.


    The security situation on the ground in Libya may prevent access to relevant individuals on the ground. This can be mitigated through the use of our national staff members who are able to access such points remotely.

    The state or non-state actors may seek to prevent our ability to work by threats against staff or clients. To minimise risk to clients and staff, we will work in a discreet fashion and use specialised data encryption and anonymous communication means for case documents.


    Quarterly narrative and financial reports will be published concerning project progress, in addition to reference to performance indicators.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £83,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Legal Professional Fees Lawyers fees to help support related case activities
      £15,000 Travel Travel budget related to activities (visiting detention centres, courts, international mechanisms)
      £10,000 Legal Translation Costs related to translation of documents for admissibility to relevant courts
      £10,000 Public Awareness Raising Support to produced related PSAs, regular reports and statements
      £8,500 Overhead Overhead support for LFJL's core adminsistrative costs
  • Background


    London will be the basis for support team. We also operate out of our office in Tripoli, Libya. The project will support visits to several detention centres across Libya


    Refugees and asylum seekers, the public at large through the support of greater human rights protections.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LFJL was established in response to the 17 February 2011 uprising in Libya by a network of Libyan international lawyers living in the Diaspora, with the aim of using their legal expertise to seek routes to the promotion of human rights, the establishment of the rule of law and the facilitation of a smooth transition towards a democratic and inclusive Libya.

    We have a wealth of experience in carrying out strategic litigation, previously on behalf of torture victims.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Elham Saudi

    Executive Director of LFJL - will supervise the overall implementation of the work.

    Hannah Offermann

    Strategic Litigation Programme Coordinator - will implement the project activities and be responsible for project mangement

    Ali Nour

    Legal Adviser and Researcher - will provide legal advice and help with case management and relationships with clients.