Libyan Anti-Torture Network

The Libyan Anti-torture Network (LAN) is a coalition composed of a group of Libyan civil society organizations from different regions/towns covering the West, East, South, and Central region of Libya. The network's main goals revolve around fighting against torture, arbitrary detention, and other serious human rights violations, promoting the respect of Human rights for all (for Libyan citizens, migrants, and asylum seekers) in Libya.[1]

Libyan Anti-torture Network
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PurposeHuman Rights, Non-profit, NGO
HeadquartersTunisia, Libya
Parent organization
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

The Libyan Anti-torture Network (LAN) was created on March 18, 2021, with the support of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) to consolidate efforts in the fight against torture and impunity in Libya following the closure of OMCT's initial anti-torture program (from 2012 to 2015) and its office in Tripoli in 2015.

The symbol chosen by the LAN is "Khalas - خلاص". It represents two key elements:

  • To stop acts of torture,
  • To emphasize the need to decrease – and possibly prevent – the practice of torture.

"Khalas - خلاص" can have different meanings in both Arabic and Libyan dialect since it can mean Deliverance or Salvation as much as Stop or Enough. The Libyan Anti-torture Network also added an eye/camera lens to the logo as punctuation of the first letter of the word "Khalas - خلاص" in Arabic and as a visual representation of the monitoring side of the network's activities.


The Libyan Anti-torture Network's (LAN) main focus is the prevention and protection against:

The network also aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the absolute prohibition of torture and state violence across Libyan society through anti-torture messaging, community actions, and mobilization amongst other activities.


The Libyan Anti-torture Network (LAN) works on documentation, victim assistance, and advocacy (press releases, statements, briefing papers, thematic reports, networking, etc.) for institution-building in the protection and prevention of torture in Libya.[2][3]

Since its creation in March 2021, the network documented several cases of torture all across Libya. Furthermore, it puts a special focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized groups such as women, displaced people, and migrants, among those who are targeted for documentation and support.

Members of the LAN network collaborate and work closely with several international organizations such as the UNHCR, UNSMIL, UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the international humanitarian movement Libyan Red Crescent Society.

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the LAN published a video on the Facebook page of "OMCT Tunisie" containing testimonies of victims of torture in Libya.


Briefing paperEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Med: Eight Years on from Deadly Tragedy Lives Continue to Be Lost, EU Complicit in Libyan Abuse, Fact-Finding Mission Finds Possible Crimes Against Humanity in Libya | European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)". Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  2. ^ "Libya: Protect migrants, refugees, asylum seekers from torture and…". OMCT. Retrieved 2022-05-30.
  3. ^ "Africa : New report exposes torture as a defining feature of the…". OMCT. Retrieved 2022-05-10.

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