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Libya: Arbitrary military decree highlights precariousness of women’s rights in Libya

, Index number: MDE 19/5820/2017

On 16 February 2017, the military in eastern Libya issued Decree No. 6 of 2017 restricting Libyan women under the age of 60 from travelling abroad without a legal male guardian ‘muhram’. The decree was frozen five days later amidst ongoing calls from civil society for its removal, and ultimately replaced on 23 February with Decree No. 7 of 2017, which stipulates that no Libyan male or female between the ages of 18-45 can travel abroad without prior “security approval.”

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