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Daily Archives: January 12, 2012
Libya boasts such strong economic fundamentals that they can lead it “within 3 to 5 years to become the ‘Dubai of the Maghreb.” This comment was made by Sami Zaptia, the CEO of KnowLibya, a consultancy specializing in training Western businesses to navigate the Libyan cultural and commercial environments.
“Libya is very rich,” stressed the expert. In the medium term, the North Africa country will rely on investment and on increasing oil production, Zaptia conveyed. However, he stressed the existence of a young population, who maintains positive cultural readiness and huge aspirations that can make them the engine of growth for the country in the years to come.
According to the economist, Tripoli may become “an important hub for air transport in Africa, Maghreb, Middle East and Europe, just as the case now of the UAE.” Zaptieh mentioned that there are still many unexploited areas which have a growth potential as they are considered attractive investment opportunities for Western companies. These sector include mainly “tourism and light industry.”… Read More
Who gave Amnesty International and other human rights groups the authority to boss about the new Libyan government?
Is it time for Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to undergo re-education already? Many organisations in the West seem to think so. The NTC – a gaggle of former Gaddafi cronies and other assorted unelected figures – spent last year jetting round the world, promising Western leaders they would behave if they gained power. But now, to the irritation of the West, the transitional government has hosted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a man wanted for ‘crimes against humanity’ by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
‘What was the NTC thinking…?’, Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, demands to know. Do they not realise that inviting Bashir into the country is to ‘cock a snook at The Hague court and its chief prosecutor, José Luis Moreno Ocampo?’. Amnesty’s counterparts at the New York-based Human Rights Watch have been equally appalled with the visit. According to the organisation’s international justice director, Richard Dicker, it ‘sends a disturbing signal about NTC’s commitment to human rights and the rule of law’.… Read More
Libya’s Brazilian coach Marcos Paqueta has included ten overseas-based players in his final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
Five of those are currently playing in neighbouring Tunisia and two in Morocco.
The Mediterranean Knights qualified for the competition against the odds, finishing as one of the two best runners-up after a goalless draw with Zambia in October.
Libya adopted their new nickname following the conflict in their country that led to the toppling and eventual death of leader Muammar Gaddafi.
They face co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in the tournament’s opening game on 21 January in Bata.… Read More
Libya expects the International Criminal Court to agree that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the most prominent son of Libya’s late leader, can be tried in Libya, where he could face the death penalty, the justice minister said on Thursday.
The Hague-based ICC issued an arrest warrant for Saif al-Islam after prosecutors accused him and others of involvement in the killing of protesters during the revolt that eventually toppled Muammar Gaddafi in August.
Minister of Justice Ali Humaida Ashour told Reuters the ICC had accepted in principle a request by Libyan authorities to try Saif al-Islam and would make a final decision within weeks.
“We expect the court (ICC) will accept that Saif is tried in Libya,” he told Reuters in an interview in the Libyan capital.… Read More
Two months after the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the rattle of celebratory machine gunfire has waned in Libya — and so, too, has the euphoria of the country’s newfound freedom.
As revolutionary forces now jockey for power in the new Libya and spurn calls for handing over their weapons, interim authorities face the daunting task of establishing the rule of law.
The country’s most infamous war criminal may be dead, but untold numbers of alleged criminals from both sides of the conflict still roam free. One whom Libyan authorities should detain and hold accountable is Lt. Col. Mansour, who ordered his troops to kill 153 men in late August.… Read More
By Tom Nicolson
But Scotland Yard will investigate allegations over cases rendition to Libya, which will put paid to foreign secretary William Hague’s plan to “draw a line under the issue.”
Two Libyans who were part of the anti-Gaddafi movement are threatening to sue the UK over their transfer to Libya and subsequent torture.
Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a commander of the rebel forces in Libya, says he was tortured after being arrested in 2004. He says he was taken from Bangkok to Libya by a joint CIA and MI6 operation which was set up to help Col Muammar Gaddafi round up his enemies.
In the second Libyan case, Sami al-Saadi has made similar allegations of British collusion in rendition and is demanding damages for the torture he claims he suffered in one of Gaddafi’s prisons.
In a joint statement with the CPS, the Metropolitan Police confirmed it was looking at the two cases.… Read More
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Thursday slammed the UN Security Council for allowing the NATO military strikes in Libya that played a key downfall in the downfall of Moamer Kadhafi.
Zuma complained to the Security Council that an African Union peace plan for Libya was “completely ignored” and said Libya’s problems had now “spilled over” to other countries in north Africa because of the council’s action.
The South African president lectured the 15-member council as he chaired a special debate on relations between the United Nations and the African Union.South Africa abstained in the council’s resolution 1973 passed on March 17 last year, which authorized military action to protect civilians and enforce a no-fly zone.… Read More
Vietnamese workers will soon return to Libya, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, War Invalid and Social Affairs.
The ministry said a number of Turkish contractors in Libya have pledged to re-recruit Vietnamese workers in the next six months after completing negotiations with their Libyan businesses, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The pledges were made during a recent visit of officials from the Vietnamese ministry to Turkey.
Turkish contractors, who are particularly active in North Africa, employ thousands of Vietnamese workers to work in construction in Libya.… Read More