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Although the ceasefire between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) appeared to be holding during 2017, clashes continued between the LNA and radical Islamist groups, as well as local armed groups, in strategic areas of the country. Fighting on the ground, coupled with ongoing airstrikes by regional and international actors against radical Islamist groups, continued to take their toll on the civilian population. Libyan society continued to be divided and tense, also resulting in the intimidation and targeting of civil society organizations.
International efforts to strengthen the implementation of the 2015 Libyan Political Agreement between the GNA and the LNA have yet to gain traction. At the same time, the possibility of the agreement leading to lasting peace remained threatened by the fact that several militias, as well as counter-terrorism efforts, remain outside the agreement.
In December 2017, Geneva Call organized a first training session for civil society on the rules of armed conflict. Nine participants attended from a local network of community activists under the umbrella of a Libyan organization specializing in reconciliation efforts. The training session improved the participants’ knowledge of humanitarian norms, and they committed to incorporating these norms into their reconciliation and negotiation strategies and programmes.
- Following assessments and networking activities, Geneva Call launched its programme with a first Civil Society Organisations training session on International Humanitarian Law.
- The Fighter not Killer campaign was launched in Libya and got more than 650 000 views.