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African Court Issues Provisional Measures against Libyan State

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights issued provisional measures calling on the Libyan State to ‘immediately refrain from any action that would result in loss of life or violation of physical integrity of persons, which could be a breach of the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights or of other international human rights instruments to which it is a party’

The Court issued the measures in accordance with Article 27(2) of the Protocol and Rule 51 of the Rules of the Court.

The Court found that “there is a situation of extreme gravity and urgency, as well as a risk of irreparable harm to persons who are the subject of the application, in particular, in relation to the rights to life and to physical integrity of persons as guaranteed in the Charter.”

The application was initially submitted to the African Commission by HRW, Interights and EIPR on Feb. 28 in light of “allegations that numerous human rights violations had occurred from February 16 onward. These included killings by state security forces of people participating in largely peaceful protests and efforts to shut down the internet, stifle communication, and exclude foreign journalists from the country.”(HRW, Press Release)

Given the serious nature of the violations the African Commission decided to submit the case to the African Court.

Order for Provisional Measures

African Court’s Press Release

HRW Press Release

 

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