Human Rights Committee: Libya

HRC session 091 (2007)

(15 November 2007, CCPR/C/LBY/CO/4, Concluding observations on fourth report, paras. 16 and 17)

"The Committee remains deeply concerned that corporal punishment such as amputation and flogging are prescribed by law even if rarely applied in practice. They constitute a clear violation of article 7 of the Covenant. (art. 7)

The State party should immediately stop the imposition of all corporal punishment and repeal the legislations for its imposition without delay, as stipulated in the previous concluding observations of the Committee.

"The Committee notes with concern that the continued practice and legal provisions regarding qisas

(retribution) and diyah (payment), which may contribute to impunity, remain in force. (arts. 2, 7, 10 and 14) The State party should review the laws and practice of qisas and the diyah in light of the Covenant."

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HRC session 064 (1998)

(6 November 1998, CCPR/C/79/Add.101, Concluding observations on third report, para. 11)

"Furthermore, the Committee recalls that flogging, which is recognized in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya as a penalty for criminal offences, is incompatible with article 7 of the Covenant. The imposition of such punishment should cease immediately and all laws and regulations providing for its imposition should be repealed without delay. Amputation, although not used in practice, according to the Delegation, should be formally abolished."

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HRC session 052 (1994)

(23 November 1994, CCPR/C/79/Add.45, Concluding observations on second report, para. 9)

"The Committee is seriously concerned at information it has received from United Nations and other reliable sources concerning summary or extra-judicial execution and torture perpetrated by the Libyan security forces. It deplores the introduction of cruel punishments such as flogging and amputation. The practice of arbitrary arrest and detention, the detention of persons sentenced after unfair trials and the length of pre-trial detention are also matters of serious concern. The Committee regrets the lack of information about certain identified people who are said to be held in incommunicado detention without trial for lengthy periods and of persons who oppose the government and are said to have disappeared."

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