Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) Resource Database

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The CIA World Factbook: LibyaThe CIA World Factbook provides information on geography, people and society, government,economy, military and transnational issues.Geography, Society, Government, Economy Military
Libya Country ProfileThe BBC Country Profile provides an overview of Libya's economy, leadership, politics and media. Libya, Economy, Leaders, Media, Population
Country at a Glance: LibyaThis country profile by the World Bank provides information on Economy, Politics, Development Projects, Data, Research and NewsLibya, World Bank, Economy, Development, Data, Economic Governance
Libya the Key To Stopping Terror In the SahelThis article discusses the geographic importance of Libya to terrorist groups, and the stabilization of Libya as a necessity to end terror in the Sahel. It highlights the various armed actors in Libya, and the spillover effect it has in the rest of the region. Libya, Terrorism, France, Military Intervention, Sahel, Geography,
Libya and the Responsibility To ProtectThis report discusses the application of the UN's 'responsibility to protect' norm in Libya in 2011, and how the implementation of this innovative principle was received and actualized in the country. Libya, UN, Protection, Armed Conflict, Sovereignty, State Intervention
Terrorist Designations of Three Ansar al-Shari'a Organizations and LeadersThis is the US Department of State designating Ansar al-Shari'a as a legitimate Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The source provides some background information as well as outlines appropriate conduct surrounding interactions with agents or movements of Ansar al-Shari'a.US, Department of State, FTO, Terrorism, Designation
United Nations Support Mission In Libya (UNSMIL) MandateOutlines the mandate for the established United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Refers to the topics of democratic transition, law and human rights, the security sector and international assistance coordination. Libya, UN, Stabilization, Mandate, Security, Democracy, Background
UN Secretary-General Report: 5 September 2014This was the Secretary-General’s report on the UN Support Mission in Libya.UN, Secretary General, Libya, Security, Stability, Conflict
UN General Assembly Document: 1 March 2011This was a resolution suspending Libya from the Human Rights Council as requested by the Geneva-based body on 25 February—the first time a sitting member was removed.UN, Secretary General, Libya, Security, Human Rights Council, Suspension
Council Meeting on Libya and ISISOutlines the UN Security Council's plan to meet on February 18 to discuss the situation in Libya. This meeting came immediately after the release of a video depicting the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach by agents of ISIS. The meeting was viewed as an opportunity to learn more about bilateral consultations and hear from the Libyan Foreign MInister before engaging in closed consultations to discuss further action in Libya.Libya, ISIS, Counter-Terrorism, Security, UN Security Council
Human Rights Council Document: 25 March 2014This was a Human Rights Council resolution welcoming Libya’s efforts to protect human rights, urging the government to further address the prevention of acts of torture and requesting that the Office of the High Commissioner provide further support to the government in strengthening national structures.Libya, Human Rights, Prevention, Acts of Torture, Government, Structure
Escalating Crisis In Libya Despite Peace TalksThis article discusses the persistent crisis in Libya, referencing the most recent attack on Tripoli's Corinthia Hotel on January 27. It argues that the warring between rival militias continues despite peace talks in Geneva, and identifies the International Contact Group for Libya as a potential vehicle for a coordinated response to the crisis. Libya, Tripoli, Crisis, Armed Conflict, Militia Groups, Peace, Security
Profile: Libya's Ansar al-ShariaThis terrorist group profile on Ansar al-Sharia from the BBC outlines the history of the group, details of the Benghazi attacks, charity work, as well as links to other islamic militant groups in the area. Ansar al-Sharia, Libya, History, Benghazi, Armed Conflict, Militant Groups,
After the Fall of Qaddafi: Political, Economic, and Security Consequences for Libya, Mali, Niger, and AlgeriaThis article discusses the security structure that was in place during Muammar Qaddafi's regime while leader of Libya. It argues that after his death on 20 October 2011 the structure was fractured leaving multiple countries to navigate a new instability, often with the emergence of militant groups taking control. It highlights the political, economic and security consequences faced by Libya, as well as other countries after the fall of Qaddafi. Qaddafi, Politics, Economics, Security, Libya, Conflict
Libya: Spiraling Militia Attacks May Be War CrimesThis article details the different militia groups active in Libya, gives background on the legal framework and warring factions and outlines a number of documented attacks. Human Rights Watch argues that these attacks on civilians and civilian property in some cases amount to serious war crimes. Libya, Militia, Human Rights, Violations, War Crimes, Conflict, Security
Guide to key Libyan militiasThis BBC resource lists the active armed groups in Libya, including state affiliated bodies and key militias. Libya, Militia, Civil War, Security, Official Military
Libya Today: 2 Governments, Many Militias, Infinite ChaosThis article discusses the fractured nature of Libya's current political situation, with the recognized government operating from the eastern city of Bayda rather than the capital, Tripoli. It highlights more specific personal accounts of how the conflict in Libya affects civilians and day to day life. Libya, Government, Abdullah al-Thinni, Conflict, Tripoli, Bayda, Civilians
World Report 2015: LibyaThe updated World Report from Human Rights Watch outlining the recent news on the conflict in Libya, refers to political transitions, armed militia groups, various human rights topics and judicial systems. Indicates key current international actors. Libya, Human Rights, Political Transition, Armed Militia, Conflict, Displacement
Libya: Rule Of the Gun: Abductions, Torture and Other Abuses In Western LibyaThis report by Amnesty International outlines the current social and political situation in Libya as one of a "Rule of the Gun" structure. It discusses attacks, abductions and the hostage taking of civilians on account of their identity. It also touches on torture practices, attacks against journalists and human rights defenders. Libya, Armed Rule, Conflict, Torture, Civilians, Hostage, Human Rights
Libya Since Gaddafi — Where Has It Been, Where Will It Go?This article is based on an interview conducted with Bessma Momani, a CIGI senior fellow and associate professor at the University of Waterloo. She discusses the lessons learned from the revolution, the progress made as well as continuing challenges within the country. It also touches on US-Libya relations, as well as support offered by foreign powers to Libyan rebels. Libya, Revolution, Foreign Support, Libyan Rebels, Conflict, Security, Challenges
NATO and LibyaFollowing the Qadhafi regime’s targeting of civilians in February 2011, NATO answered the United Nations’ (UN) call to the international community to protect the Libyan people. This source outlines NATO's involvement in protecting civilians and civilian populated areas from threat of attack under Operation Unified Protector (OUP). The operation itself concluded on 31 October 2011, this is a detailed history of NATO involvement in Libya. Libya, NATO, OUP, Civilians, Attack, Terror, Arms Embargo, Security
More Weapons Are Not the Answer To Libya’s Jihadi UpsurgeCrisis Group’s Libya Senior Analyst Claudia Gazzini discusses the upsurge in Islamic State activity in Libya.Libya, Islamic State, Extremists, Politics, Internal Conflict, Parliaments, Militia
Divided We Stand : Libya's Enduring ConflictsThis report outlines the division amongst local communities in Libya that arose from Colonel Qadhafi's divide-and-conquer tactics. It discusses the first post-Qadhafi elections on July 7 2012, and the distribution of the burden of defense to various local brigades and communities, explaining the various factions within Libya. Libya, Defense, Security, Elections, Division, Qadhafi
The NATO Intervention in Libya: Implications for the Protection of Civilians and the AU’s Pan Africanist AgendaThis policy brief explores the external intervention in Libya with regards to civilian protection, and its implications for Gaddafi's quest for African unity. It also argues that the different approaches taken by the AU actually worked to prolong conflict, it discusses whether or not the various approaches were appropriate for the goal of resolution. Libya, Gaddafi, NATO, AU, Civilians, Unity, Different Approaches
Perspectives on Africa’s Response to the ICC’s Arrest Warrants in the Libya SituationThis report documents the issuing of three arrest warrants in 2011 for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and Abdullah al-Senussi for alleged crimes against humanity. It discusses the processes and events that led to the decision to do so and what the involvement of the ICC meant for the Libyan crisis. Libya, Warrants, Crimes Against Humanity, Gaddafi, ICC, Conflict, Security
Canada-Libya RelationsThis is an outline provided by the Government of Canada detailing Canada's bilateral relations with LibyaLibya, Canada, Bilateral Relations, Politics, Commerce
Ansar al-ShariaOverview of the history and content of Ansar al-ShariaLibya, Ansar al-Sharia, Banghazi, US Relations, Foreign Terrorist Organization