Monday, June 17, 2019
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Home » Libya » Joint Communique on Libya

Two years have passed, and the true flag of Libya continues to wave along with the free winds of our country. Red – the color of sacrifice. Black – the color of solidarity. Green – the color of faith. These stripes occupied our sky when the suppressed voice of the people emerged through a four decade old surface, and Libya earnestly breathed in a freedom that was unfamiliar to half of it. It was on February 17th that a fire was born, a fire that navigated its way from the East to the West, fuelled by the pains of unemployment, corruption, human rights violations, and overall impoverishment administered by Libya’s very own (ex) leader.

However, as the weeks rolled through the post-revolution period, negative attitudes within Libya’s borders and beyond them propagated, ultimately transcending the positive outlook that the people had adopted for so long, an outlook that surely was a threshold for all of Libya’s successes. It is this pessimism that continues to attempt to extinguish our Libyan fire. In an effort to revive it, and to clean up the residue of negativity that only pulls the country below the surface, I have retrospectively compressed these successes into ten main ones, in hopes that they would remind us of the positivity wherein we once found union.

  1. Protests. These were completely banned during Gaddafi’s rule, and, if to occur, were severely punished. However, during the year of 2011, demonstrations sparked across the entire country, inclusive of all segments of Libya’s society, demanding the toppling of the oppressive regime, and eventually overthrowing Gaddafi’s forces which attempted to crush the revolution.
  2. The eradication of Gaddafi’s regime (and Gaddafi himself) was the highlight of the Libyan revolution. This man was the epitome of dictatorship, whose resignation was long overdue. His capture and removal from power was a forty year old Libyan dream that was realized.
  3. The redeeming of the Libyan flag of independence, as well as the true Libyan national anthem, was a huge gesture of defeat, and a significant aspect of the Libyan people’s identity claimed from Gaddafi’s theft. The flag of independence was raised in Libyan embassies around the entire world, and at the United Nations base in Geneva.
  4. On November 20th of 2011, Gaddafi’s intelligence chief, brother-in-law, and right hand man–Abdullah Senussi – was captured. He was entitled the “executioner” in Libya, and left a long bloody trail of his abundant crimes, which included the tragic 1996 massacre of 1200 prisoners in “Bu Sleem.” His capture was a major victory for Libyans.
  5. Most Libyans voted for the first time in the democratically held elections of July, 2012. The polls were busy and the lines were long with men and women eager to express their choices and practice freedom in the topmost of ways – a freedom inexistent during Gaddafi’s rule.
  6. Multiple Libyan television channels and radio stations were established during and after the revolutions. They are operated by individuals of varying ages and backgrounds of knowledge, outside of the restricting bounds that had once controlled these media sources, covering daily political and social events – truly a product of freedom of expression.
  7. Hundreds of organizations were created for a plethora of distinct causes, which aim to improve varying areas of Libyan society, and encourage the proactivity of Libyans as citizens of their country.
  8. The political sphere of Libya, though many argue about its chaos, has experienced severaladvancements and improvements. For one, representatives are elected! We have also seen peaceful transitions within Libya’s politics, including the handover of government from Abdulrahim Al Keib to Ali Zeidan.
  9. Women were the backbone of our freedom fighters throughout the entire revolution. In fact, they initiated the demonstrations before 2011. They are now able to contribute to Libya in ways that they had not before, as they maintain their active role in our society. Moreover, the political involvement of women increased, an example being the number of more than thirty in parliament. Theimprovement of the role of women is an immense sign of success in Libya.
  10. The youth of the country were pivotal organs during the revolutions, and continue to be among the innovators that strive to fill the gap between the Libya that the people desire and the Libya that is.The role of youth flourished during this period, as they embodied leadership roles and involved themselves in movements, political discussions, and causes- all in an effort to secure promising futures from themselves and for their people.

These successes are mere representations of the good will and good power that capacitates the heart of Libya, qualities which inherently reside within our people and shone over the past two years. To choose to ignore the paths of optimism is to build barriers that deprive us from reaching our full potential, as it is this optimism precisely that is the root of all achievements. This is not to deny or oversimplify the complexities that run thickly through Libyan society, but rather, to stress that we abandon the negative mentalities and attitudes that paralyze us such that we accomplish nothing. We must sustain the fire that awoke our country, and continue to fight the battle that our brave men and women died within. This may seem all too idealistic, but let us remember that it was idealists that freed Libya.

Source: IPF


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