Tripoli, 12 December:
A two-day conference on “Truth and Reconciliation in Libya: the Way Forward” began today, Wednesday, in Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel.
Organised . . .[restrict]by the Libyan Fact-Finding and Reconciliation Commission and the Human Rights Committee of the General National Congress in partnership with the United Nations, the aim is to provide Libyans an opportunity to discuss how to deal with a painful past and study the experiences of other countries in that have gone through the same process of upheaval and transition and have pursued the path of truth and reconciliation rather than revenge.
Several topics are discussed such as how Libya can benefit from the process of truth and reconciliation, the experiences that can inspire Libya from other countries, the connection between truth-seeking and criminal trials for alleged perpetrators, and reparations for victims. Also being discussed is the relationship between the Fact-Finding and Reconciliation Commission and others active in promoting reconciliation — such as the General National Congress, the Council of Elders, religious leaders and the broader civil society.
Participants in the conference include members of the General National Congress, the government, community elders and leaders, academics, members of civil society, victim groups and international experts. [/restrict]