An initiative to organize the work of civil society organizations in Libya

An initiative to organize the work of civil society organizations in Libya
An initiative to organize the work of civil society organizations in Libya

The Libyan House of Representatives, through the Foreign Affairs Committee, launched an initiative aimed at regulating the work of civil society institutions in the country, by removing obstacles in front of them, to ensure that their work is carried out with “transparent standards.”
Youssef Al-Aqouri, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, said that he met yesterday evening, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Benghazi, the head of the Civil Society Commission, Mabrouka Palmer, and representatives of the administrative control and anti-corruption bodies, where the meeting discussed the most important challenges facing institutions Civil society and ways to solve it, including the amendment of Law No. (19) of 2001 regarding the reorganization of NGOs.
Civil and civil work began to be active in Libya after the overthrow of the previous regime, and became more free, which increased the number of associations and non-governmental organizations in Libya, whether local or international.
Al-Aqouri added that the meeting dealt with “following up on financing mechanisms for civil society institutions to ensure that they comply with transparency standards regarding funds provided by local and international bodies.” He also pointed to the need to follow up on “projects funded by these bodies and implemented through civil associations in a manner that takes into account transparency standards.”
The President of the Presidential Council, Muhammad Al-Manfi, had previously met with the Chairperson and members of the Board of Directors of the Civil Society Commission, representatives of the Central Bank of Libya, and the relevant security services, and reviewed with them the conditions of the Commission, and discussed the financing of civil society organizations, their work mechanism, approval procedures and permits to carry out their work, in addition to a unification file. Commission, and end the state of division it suffers.
In the meeting, which was also attended by representatives of the external and internal security agencies, yesterday, the attendees discussed the importance of “allowing the Central Bank of Libya to open accounts for local and foreign organizations inside Libya,” noting that “it was agreed that the Parliamentary Research and Policy Support Office in the House of Representatives would continue to work With the commission to agree on the required legal amendments.”
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives noted that the establishment of civil associations is a “constitutional right and one of the pillars of democratic transformation,” continuing: “The initiative aims to establish the legal framework and appropriate administrative and security mechanisms that support the work of these associations so that civil society institutions become an example of integrity and service. The public good.”
The commission was established in 2012, and it was based in the city of Benghazi, but Fayez Al-Sarraj, the former head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, formed a parallel body in early 2019 and became divided like other political bodies in Libya.
The performance of the government administration for civil society has evolved since that date until it became in its final form under the name of “Civil Society Commission” according to a decision of the former Presidential Council of 2018 that defined its tasks in Libya by publicizing civil society organizations, adopting their basic systems and following up in the performance of their tasks.
Libya has approved 7,000 organizations, some of which are starting work, while others are suspended due to lack of capabilities, including 35 international organizations and branches of international organizations.

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