Libya: Barred from their homes: Continued displacement and persecution of Tawarghas and other communities in Libya
In mid-August 2011, at the height of Libya’s armed conflict, the entire population of Tawargha – some 40,000 people – was driven out by anti-Gaddafi militia, who vowed Tawarghas would never be able to return. Two years on, Tawarghas and other displaced communities are still waiting for justice and reparations. Many continue to face discrimination. In total, around 65,000 people are internally displaced across Libya, not just Tawarghas but members of the Mashashya tribe from the Nafusa Mountains, and residents of Sirte and Bani Walid too.