The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) launched Tuesday the Youth Track within the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum process, and said that the youth agreed on important recommendations that will be taken into account and put on the table of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.
The mission explained that it organized the first meeting of the Libyan Youth Track, which included 41 participants and participants from young activists and representatives of youth associations from different orientations and regions in Libya, on Sunday, October 18, 2020, via video call.
In the meeting, the Acting Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Head of Mission, Stephanie Williams, emphasized the role of youth and that they represent hope and future for Libya, and that the recommendations they agree upon will find their way into the agenda of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.
She praised the excellent level of interaction and constructive discussion in the digital dialogue, in which nearly 1000 young men and women from within and outside Libyans participated, stressing that one of the things that caught the attention of the mission most “is the loss of confidence among young people in the current situation and the parties responsible for it, and that despite the bleak picture of the current situation. We found that Libyan youth still have hope for peace and a better future for Libya. ”
The following are the recommendations of the young people participating in the track:
First: General points about the political dialogue expected to be held next November and the security and economic tracks:
• There should be a sufficient number of participants, representatives of youth within the dialogue committee, and not satisfied with the youth path held virtually
• Demanding that there be seats allocated to civil society institutions as “observers” within the security and economic dialogue track as a partner in combating corruption as well as building peace and achieving security.
• The integration of competence as a basic criterion by expanding the selection circle for each position, and nominating three people to make the most appropriate selection for each position that will be determined by the dialogue committee.
• Imposing sanctions on anyone or an institution that tries to obstruct the dialogue.
Second: the executive authority during the introductory phase
They should be limited to a clear period of time that ends with holding elections according to a polled constitution.
• Forming a mini-crisis government with specific tasks and powers and working on:
1- Making the necessary preparations for holding the elections.
2- Working to unify the executive institutions.
3- Working to address economic bottlenecks and provide services to Libyans in all parts of Libya without exception.
• Better representation of youth and women in ministries, administrations, and sovereign positions.
• Determining the objectives of the organizational bodies and structures emerging from the political agreement and agreeing on appropriate mechanisms for follow-up and evaluation of the extent of their commitment to them and their implementation thereof, in a manner that ensures neutrality, professionalism and transparency, and with clear mechanisms that ensure correct pathways whenever necessary.
• Emphasizing that transitional justice is given utmost importance in the upcoming preparatory phase and making the national reconciliation strategy that was worked on by the United Nations mission through an expanded series of meetings with various components of the Libyan people among the priorities of the next government.
• Working on the necessary political, security and financial laws and procedures for the return of internally displaced persons, the release of all arbitrarily arrested persons, and addressing the issue of detainees without due legal procedures. Working to combat the phenomenon of torture in detention centers all over Libya and to reactivate the role of the National Council for Public Liberties and Human Rights.
• Granting service powers to municipalities through a transparent and publicized distribution of the services budget according to the needs of each municipality.
Third: The Constitution:
1- Settling the constitutional rule issue in the forthcoming political agreement document by stipulating the law through which the constitutional referendum will take place and refer the task of organizing the referendum to the High Electoral Commission automatically.
2- The necessity of a referendum on the constitution in accordance with the referendum law before holding the elections, and that appropriate periods of time be set for that, periods for amendment of the draft and a return of the referendum in the event that the draft is rejected when the first referendum is held.
3- Ensuring the necessary security arrangements for holding the referendum.
1- The necessity of holding parliamentary and presidential elections according to a clear election law and in accordance with the new Libyan constitution.
2 – Commitment to respect elections’ results and making procedures before the end of the year of signing the new agreement, in a manner that guarantees the handover of power to an elected body.
3- Ensuring the necessary security arrangements for holding the elections.
Fifth: The economy
1- The unification of the Central Bank of Libya and all financial, sovereign and service institutions.
2- Unifying the exchange rate.
Sixth: The judiciary
1- Emphasizing the independence of the judiciary and non-interference in its work by the executive authority, especially with regard to selecting its members and the bodies emanating from it.
2- Imposing sanctions on obstructors of all outcomes of the political, security, economic, humanitarian and human rights dialogue tracks.
3- Imposing sanctions on individuals, institutions and media channels which practice hate speech.
4- The UN Security Council has ratified the General Amnesty Law issued by the House of Representatives.
Seventh: The security path
1- Placing all regular brigades under the framework of a unified military institution, dissolving all armed formations, and removing all foreign forces from Libyan territory.
2- Reforming the security sector and implementing a national program to dismantle and reintegrate armed groups individually.
Eighth: The mechanism for delivering these outputs to the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum
– In addition to the representation of youth within the committee, it was agreed that the outcomes of this meeting would be read before the dialogue committee and that these outputs would be read out by the youngest of the participants in the meeting, including women.
– A number of participants saw the inclusion of Toywa’s document in the political dialogue