Libya’s transition is often portrayed as one of the more promising outcomes of the Arab Spring. While moving in the right direction, it is still reeling from 40 years of Qaddafi’s divide-and-rule regime, which set the country’s myriad communities against one another. Although ousting Qaddafi momentarily brought most Libyans together in common cause, today’s political landscape is as fractured as ever and populated by heavily armed groups. What’s more, despite the end of the 2011 war, the safety of the civilian population remains precarious, and caught in the crosshairs of new communal conflicts. The Center for American Progress (CAP) partnered with Center for Civilians in Conflict to publish a brief overview on the ongoing need to acknowledge and assist civilians harmed during the conflict in Libya in 2011.



Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Christopher Allbritton at +1 (917) 310-4785 or


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