Democratic citizenship and human rights education

Democracy and Human Rights in Libya. Enhancing Human Rights Based Reforms in Libyan Detention System

The aim of the project was to develop the capacity of Libyan prison institutions to ensure the respect of human rights and a transparent administrative process in accordance with the international standards in the field.

Dates: 02/07/2012 – 01/07/2013

The main objectives of the project were to:

  • Strengthen the institutional capacity related to the use of e-government within the Libyan prison administration, more specific at the Kuwayfiyah Prison in Benghazi, in order to ensure transparency and to prevent human rights violations;
  • Promote a human rights based prison environment at the Kuwayfiyah Prison in Benghazi;
  • Provide assistance for the development of a modernized infrastructure for the Libyan prison administration;
  • Provide capacity-building activities to enable prison staff to perform their tasks in accordance with the international human rights standards.
  • Enhance the collaboration among Libyan and Romanian peers.

The main results of the project were:

  1. An up-to-date records system on every prisoner available round the clock;
  2. New IT infrastructure for prison administration;
  3. Improved communication and reporting among prison staff; 
  4. Improved surveillance system in order to decrease the risks of prison administrators overlooking key events, such as upcoming parole hearings or release dates for particular inmates;
  5. Prison staff trained in the field of human rights international standards in prison;
  6. Prison staff prepared to develop programs for rehabilitation of the detainees, including offering basic public services to all offenders;
  7. Prison staff prepared to use the computers as well as the prisoners management system;
  8. Increase transparency of the Kuwayfiyah Prison in Benghazi through the creation of an institutional website; 
  9. A final interactive and user-friendly report that can be presented as a Model of Good Practice for further projects.

As a follow-up of this project an agreement was signed between IIT and the National Administration of the Penitentiaries and Judicial Police to exchange best practices between Romania and Libya on penitentiary systems and human rights. Through this programme the Romanian partners trained 124 Libyan prison staff in the fields of human rights standards in prisons, management of critical incidents in prisons and safety of the imprisonment.