Even if there comes a time when you do not hear my voice, do not give up. Do not despair. Do not stop fighting for your freedom until you have victory! – Muammar Gaddafi
FOUNDING DECLARATION OF THE LIBYAN POPULAR NATIONAL MOVEMENT [ENGLISH AND ARABIC]
The situation in Libya is becoming worse every day. With very little interest from international media many horrors have taken place in all parts of the country: systematic torture of prisoners, extra-judicial killings, armed tribal conflict, economic and political foreign domination, robbing of national wealth, the reality of Al-Qaeda’s control of parts of the country, the invention and establishing of fragmented regional and cross-border identities to replace the national unifying identity, anti-black politics amongst the armed militias, the enforced displacements of whole tribes, the flight of a third of the population to neighbouring countries for fear of persecution.
In this atmosphere of horror, millions of Libyans who supported the late leader Muammar Gaddafi are being excluded from any real political solution in the country. They live under fear of retaliation and cannot exercise their civil rights or feel safe enough to oppose any decision taken by the militias or the weak central authorities in the country.
As a result, we are re-organising ourselves outside Libya in an inclusive political movement that would encompass all Libyans who understand the terrible reality of Libya and insist that only through a genuine and radical change can Libyans avoid the danger of another civil war funded and maintained by foreign agendas.
The following Declaration is concerned with the founding of the “Libyan Popular National Movement” and has been written and agreed-upon by most of the political/social/military leaderships of Green Libya.
Libyan Popular National Movement
الحركة الوطنية الشعبية الليبية
According to their first statement, their main achievements are:
- Maintain the territorial integrity of Libya, safety of its land and security of its people.
- Working on the release of all prisoners without exceptions, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.
- Treatment and compensation to all victims of war without exception.
- Create conditions and safeguard for the return of forcibly displaced people to their towns and villages.
- Building legislative, executive and judiciary institutions of the Libyan state, on the basis of peaceful democracy based on citizenship, without discrimination of ethnic or sectarian, regional or political belief.
- Restoring Libyan sovereignty, ending foreign interference and establishing an independent foreign policy.
- Rejecting policies of exclusion and marginalization, that differentiate between the components of the Libyan people.
- Dissolving armed militias, aiding former members to return to their previous jobs.
- Launching a reconstruction process of public and private properties destroyed during the war, without discrimination.
- Investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the war, forming courts with public and international control standards to decide on those issues.
- Ensure the full participation of the Libyan citizens, exercising their right to political decision-making, to choose its leaders and the political system in the ways of democracy, under a constitution approved by the Libyan people, without any tutelage or exclusion.
- Put the Holy Quran and the Sunnah as the reference of legislation in Libya, away from extremism and fanaticism.
- Urging the international and regional organizations, NATO members and countries supporting them in the aggression to take full responsibility for the situation in Libya now, and for their legal violations and breaches of the Security Council decisions.
The LPNM declared also their exclusive use of peaceful ways to accomplish their goals, but warned that the continuing repression, killings, torture and forced displacement will lead to more violence and hatred, and that the LPNM components and its fighters are ready to engage in jihad and armed struggle for the defense of Libya and its citizens if necessary.
The group released another communique on 25 March, condemning the post-war “state of chaos” situation of Libya, the conviction of Libyan citizens in the hands of armed militias, considering their actions as “a flagrant violation of the principles of Sharia and Law”, asking for medical, psychological and social assistance for victims of the “bloody events in Libya” and the search of bodies of those killed or disappeared, restoring their dignity. They also denounced a “deliberate media blackout” on the fate of prisoners and displaced people, declaring that the state could not be governed by “extremists groups and merchants of war”, involved in “weapons and drug smuggling, rather, and even the white slave trade and money laundering“, urging “not to turn Libya into the cause of international tension, and a threat for security and international peace…in the absence of a central authority capable of imposing the rule of law”. Finally, the statement concludes that the ongoing violence had converted Libya into a failed state, with towns and regions looking for their own security, leaving national unity apart, and reaffirmed the “falsehood and slander” of foreign media satellite channels that claimed bombing of residential areas by planes, recruitment of mercenaries, and mass killings and rapes by Libyan Army forces in February and March 2011.
A few days later, the LPNM released another statement in which condemned the aerial bombardment of Sabha by NTC militias, which does “does not differentiate between civil and non civil”, criticizing the silence of the world, compared with the reaction on the claims of Gaddafi bombing civilians, which were defined as “a pure fabrication taken by the West as a pretext for intervention”. They denounced the marginalization of Libyan tribes with dark skin, who had been widely presented since the February 2011 events as foreign mercenaries. The LPNM declared their stand with all Libyan tribes without exception, including Toubou and Tuaregs, and ended asking those who “cooperated with NATO to the occupation of their homeland…to return to the barn home”.