On Sunday, May 5 the Libyan General National Congress (GNC) passed the controversial Political Isolation Law, which excludes political actors and others who held high positions in the Gaddafi era from holding political office in post-Gaddafi Libya. On Tuesday May 14. the Libya Herald published a full text translation of the law in English.

 Tripoli, 14 May 2013:

Legislation No.13 of 2013 [on] Political and Administrative Isolation

Article 1

The standard requirements for holding any public positions, refers to the restrictions that must be applied in the cases of those assuming any of the public positions stipulated in [this legislation] from [1] Sept 1969 to the liberation date of [23]  Oct 2011 and includes the following;

The First Category: Anyone [who] held one of the following positions during the period from [1] September 1969 and the country’s liberation announcement date of 23 October 2011;

1) Members of what used to be known as the “Revolution Command Council” of the 1969 Coup, members of [what] used to be known as the “Liberated Officers” and all members of [what] used to be known as “Gaddafi’s Comrades Association.”

2) Organizers of social people’s masses on municipality or national levels.

3) Chairman, Deputy Chairman and members of the Generals People’s Congress or [anyone who] held the position of a chairman of any municipality or province.

4) Chairpersons and heads of sectors, institutions, organizations, companies or councils affiliated with the Prime Ministry, the Revolution Command Council or what used to be known as the General Peoples’ Committee or the General People’s Congress.

5) Anyone [who] held the position of a Prime Minister or Chairman of the General Peoples’ Congress, deputy chairman of such [a] position, minister or the secretary or the deputy of the General People’s Committee for any specific sector, the public notary of the General Peoples’ Congress or any particular General People’s Committee, or held the position of a Secretary of any Popular Committee of a municipality or province or a secretary of any Sector’s Popular Committee within the province.

6) Anyone [who] served as an ambassador, secretary at any Public Office, held the position of a permanent representative of Libya at any International or Regional organization of any [type], [or] held the position of charge [d’affairs] or consul.

7) Anyone who held the position of a chancellor or deputy chancellor at a University or was a chairman of a People’s Committee of a university or served as the general registrar of a university.

8) Anyone who served as the head of the interior and exterior security agencies, military intelligence,  security brigades, or served as the head of department of any of these institutions, or served as the head of any of the quarter security offices or the head of any political office at one of the military or security institutes.

9) Heads of student unions in and outside the country affiliated with the General Union of Libyan Students.

10) Anyone who held a leading position of any institute connected with any of Gaddafi’s family members or was a partner with them in any type of business.

11) Members and employees of the Revolutionary Committee Liaison Office, Coordinator of  any Revolutionary Office,  a member of any Revolutionary work team or Revolutionary Convoys or a member of the Special Courts or prosecution offices, members of the so called “Revolutionary Nuns,” Heads and members of the Revolutionary Guards,  Heads and members of the Eliminating/Assassins Committees, Public Guard leaders of main headquarters and branches and anyone who participated in the revolution administration forums.

12) Anyone who held the position of a director, general manager or researcher at any of what used to be known as “the Green Book Research and Study Centers,” Green Stadium lecturers or held a leading role in one of the media institutes.

13) Anyone that held a command position at an army base, or was a commander of a defensive zone, or held the position of a president or a commander of a military establishment, body, or institute.

14) Anyone who belonged to an international organization that posed a threat to the territorial integrity of Libya and adopted violence as a strategy.

The Second Category:  [This category relates to] Political and Administrative isolation and the behavior that [led] to the corruption of political, economic and administrative life in the country during the period referred to in the previous article as stated in the following behavior patterns:

2) Anyone known for his/her constant praise and glorification of Gaddafi, his regime and his green book, whether through media or through the [delivery of] public talks.

3) Anyone who took a hostile position towards the 17 February revolution [through] action, incitement, collaboration or provision of any kind of support.

4) Anyone who committed or helped in any way to kill, imprison or torture Libyan citizens, [at] home or abroad, on behalf of the previous regime.

5) Anyone who unlawfully seized or caused damage to any public or private property during the previous regime for political reasons.

6) Anyone involved in stealing the Libyan people’s wealth or became rich on [the] Libyan people’s account or gained wealth, funds, benefits unlawfully inside or outside of Libya.

7) Anyone involved in [any] scientific, artistic, intellectual, religious, cultural or social activity which aimed at glorifying Gaddafi, his regime or propagated the so called reform project known as, “Libya Alghad,” Tomorrow’s Libya.

8) Anyone who used religion to support or give credibility to Gaddafi’s regime or Gaddafi’s actions, or considered [the 17] February revolution as being in disobedience to an official ruler.

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