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Libya: The Aftermath of War

Libya is contaminated with hundreds of thousands of explosive remnants of war that threaten the safety of civilians and aid workers. If these bombs are not properly managed, they could end up in the wrong hands, jeopardizing Libya's recovery and international security. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is currently on the ground to help clear this threat.



Vote for Me - Women Seek a Voice in New Libya

Hundreds of female candidates, civil society organizations and electoral workers packed into a crowded event in Tripoli aimed at encouraging women to participate dynamically in Libya's upcoming national elections. 



Candidates Register as Election Deadline Looms

In a Benghazi candidate registration center, independents and aspiring political party representatives declare their intent to run in Libya'a first free nationwide elections.




Never too late to vote

Preparations for Libya's first election in nearly five decades are well underway, and Libyans have taken enthusiastically to register to vote. Old age didn't stop 109-year-old Najiya Saleh and 101-year-old Abdel Rahim Adam Al-Jumeil from having a say in the new Libya. "Listen to me young men, our time has passed, now it is your time and you have to participate in the elections," says Al-Jumeil.




Benghazi Gears Up for Twin Elections

Elections come to Benghazi. In the city where the Libyan revolution started, residents are preparing for two polls in the coming period -- local then national. For all but the oldest, it is a novel experience.



UN visits town affected by refugee crisis and tribal fighting

A visit by a UN delegation headed by the Libya mission's deputy chief Georg Charpentier sought to contribute to repairing the refugee crisis and social divide caused by fighting between the Zweya and Tibu tribes in February.

Three UN agencies specializing in health, refugees and migrants participated in the mission. Kufra remains a crossroads for illegal migrants trekking to the Mediterranean coastlines, mostly from East African countries as distant as Somalia.



Building Mine Awareness in Libya

After the end of the 2011 conflict, residents of Brega, a small town in eastern Libya, took matters into their own hands and started clearing up mines and unexploded remnants of war, often with their bare hands.

20,000 mines later, they have created spaces for their animals to graze in, but dangers remain and their predicament illustrates the problems facing post-conflict Libya. Demining is among the areas in which the UN mission provides assistance to the national authorities.




Conference Underlines Importance of Transitional Justice

"Transitional justice is important in moving from the revolution stage to the rule of law," Libya's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said at a conference from 23-25 January 2012 in Tripoli. The conference on transitional justice and reconciliation in Libya was organized by the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations to discuss best practices in these areas and sketch out a possible way forward.



UN and Government Sign Status of Mission Agreement

The United Nations and the Libyan authorities on 10 January 2012 signed an agreement establishing the legal framework under which the UN mission set up last year to support the country's post-conflict reconstruction efforts will operate.  


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More about the UN's work in Libya

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