Libya : Protecting freedom of expression and right to access information in new constitution

A 60-member "Constitutional Committee" will be established by the General National Congress to draft a new Constitution for Libya. In response to these efforts and to support the work of the future drafters, ARTICLE 19 has produced a comprehensive policy brief (available here in Arabic) outlining how the new Constitution should protect the right to freedom of expression and freedom of information. Similar briefs were produced for the constitution drafting process in Egypt and Tunisia.

The brief is based on international legal standards on freedom of expression, including the decisions of international and regional human rights courts as well as the authoritative interpretation of international human rights law by the UN Human Rights Committee and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression. The brief also lists specific examples of constitutional provisions in a range of other countries.