[Marxism] BREAKING: Libyan High Court strikes down anti-free speech law

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 13:16:39 MDT 2012


      BREAKING: Libyan High Court strikes down anti-free speech law
      <http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/14/1100061/-BREAKING-Libyan-High-Court-strikes-down-anti-free-speech-law>

This just in from Reuters
<http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-libya-lawbre85d0x3-20120614,0,658771.story>:


    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's Supreme Court scrapped a new law that
    criminalized the glorification of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi or
    his supporters on Thursday after opponents argued it violated
    freedom of expression.

    A lawyer who appealed against the measure said the ruling was an
    important step in ensuring democratic freedoms weeks ahead of the
    country's first free elections since last year's war ended Gaddafi's
    42-year autocratic rule.

    The Supreme Court had agreed to review the constitutionality of Law
    37, which was passed by the ruling National Transitional Council
    last month.

    The law sparked outrage among civil groups and legal experts. It
    prescribed prison sentences for the glorification of Gaddafi as well
    as for publishing news /"harming the February 17 revolution"/.

    /"In the name of the people, the court has decided to accept the
    appeal of Law 37 of 2012 as it is unconstitutional,"/ judge Kamal
    Bashir Dahan said in a brief hearing on Thursday.
    ...
    Appealing lawyer Salah Al-Merghani welcomed the decision, which came
    before the country heads to the ballot box on July 7 to elect a
    national assembly, paving the way for a new constitution.

    /"This law is unconstitutional as it prevents the freedom of speech.
    We are nearing elections and a basic step is to ensure there is
    freedom of speech,"/ he said.

On May 5, 2012 Human Rights Watch called upon Libya to Revoke Draconian
New Law <http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/05/05/libya-revoke-draconian-new-law>:

    (New York) -- Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) should
    immediately revoke a new law that bans insults against the people of
    Libya or its institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. The law
    also prohibits criticism of the country's 2011 revolution and
    glorification of the deposed former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    The law violates Libya's provisional constitutional covenant and
    international human rights law, both of which guarantee free speech,
    Human Rights Watch said.

    /"This legislation punishes Libyans for what they say, reminiscent
    of the dictatorship that was just overthrown,"/ said Sarah Leah
    Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights
    Watch. /"It will restrict free speech, stifle dissent, and undermine
    the principles on which the Libyan revolution was based."/

This high court ruling represents another great stride for the Libyan
Revolution and another set back for anti-interventionists turned counter
revolutionary who like repeating themselves about how Libya has no
functional judiciary and enjoyed pointing to law 37 as an example of
dictatorship returning to Libya.

                              *Poll Shows 97% of Libyans Support the
Revolution!*

>From the Libyan Rorschach
<http://www.shabablibya.org/news/the-libyan-rorschach>, June 13, 2012:

    Using a bright blue pen, the young man behind the cash register in
    the kebab shop on the outskirts of Tripoli began to methodically
    scratch out the face of Muammar al-Qaddafi from his stack of
    one-dinar notes. About halfway through the pile, he greeted a bill
    that had already been defaced with a happy nod and smile of
    satisfaction. After exhausting the one-dinar notes he turned to the
    20s, and began surgically excising a miniature Brother Leader from a
    summit group photo.

    Prior to February 17, 2011 everything in Qaddafi's Great Socialist
    People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya was physically painted a shade of
    light green to symbolize the political system of stateless
    government laid out in the Brother Leader's Green Book. (The term
    jamahiriya was coined by Qaddafi and is usually loosely translated
    as "state of the masses" or "peopledom.") Today, the country is
    awash in the red, green and black tricolor scheme of the pre-Qaddafi
    era Libyan flag, which has been adopted by the revolutionaries as
    their standard. In Tripoli, where several neighborhoods had loyalist
    rather than revolutionary reputations, these coats of fresh paint
    and the common practice of doctoring car license plates to cover the
    word jamahiriya might raise an eyebrow. But what of the kebab
    seller's currency handiwork, which appeared to be a private act of
    conviction?

    From the outside, the picture in Libya looks unremittingly bleak. A
    near daily chronicle of rampaging militias, conflict and chaos
    headlines coverage by the wire services. But perhaps a casualty of
    the closure of foreign bureaus and the lesser interest that exists
    when no U.S. boots are on the ground, some perspective is lacking
    from the often barebones news reports.

    Eight months after the brutal death of Qaddafi marked the end of the
    civil conflict that followed Libya's popular uprising, support for
    the regime change appears to have if anything grown. Even if some of
    this backing falls into the /"everyone loves a winner"/ category, a
    full 97 percent of Libyans surveyed by Oxford Research International
    in January thought the revolution was absolutely or somewhat right.

    But is the mere fact of the revolution being broadly popular enough
    to make it right? Is it a sufficient platform to produce a secure
    and brighter future for Libya?

So 97% of Libyans support the "regime change" that just took place in
Libya. What percentage of the US left opposed it? How many in the US
left could care less what the Libyan people wanted and preferred to
cling to the romantic legends spun for them by /"Brother Leader."/ What
percentage was willing to overlook the 1996 massacre of 1270 prisoners
in Abu Salim prison and many, many other atrocities against the Libyan
people to preserve there illusions, What percentage of the US left is
going the same thing now as the Syrian people are being slaughtered by
another /"anti-imperialist"/ dictator?


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