Libya begins tentative voyage towards becoming tourist hotspot of the future

Libya begins tentative voyage towards becoming tourist hotspot of the future

Barriers are daunting, armed militias, weak government, jihadi terrorism, but minister at tourism expo believes in the long game

10 holidays that come with travel warnings

Ouem El Ma Lake, Libya

Ouem El Ma Lake, Libya

Ikram Bash Imam freely admits it is not an easy task to persuade a sceptical world that the “new” Libya, still awash with weapons and rival militias, is a holiday destination worth considering.

(c) 2013 Guardian News & Media Ltd  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/06/libya-tourism-hotspot-future

Des Libyens demandent la nationalité algérienne :

L’Algérie, La “Mecque des Révolutionnaires” 19 Ocotobre 2013
Des Libyens demandent la nationalité algérienne :

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Selon des sources bien informées, le nombre des Libyens souhaitant bénéficier de la nationalité algérienne, avait vivement augmenté durant les mois écoulés.
Une source de la wilaya d’Illizi a révélé que la majorité des libyens qui avaient déposé leurs demandes auprès du ministère de la justice sont les partisans de l’ancien régime du colonel déchu Kadhafi. Ces derniers ont fuit leur patrie par craintes de représailles du nouveau régime. Il est prompt à préciser que les villes frontalières près la wilaya d’Illizi ont connu un flux humain intense depuis la chute de l’ancien régime, ou plusieurs ressortissants libyens avaient bénéficié de cartes de séjour temporaire ou un certificat de résidence d’un an portant la mention de visiteur dans les wilayas d’Illizi, Ouargla et Ghardaïa.

Libya waiting for Turkish investors

 

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The Libyan tourism minister said her country sought to attract Turkish investors as the two countries agreed to cooperate on tourism.

Libyan Minister of Tourism Akram Abd al-Salam Bash Imam said her country was engaged in cooperation with Turkey on tourism, as Libya planned to pass laws for promoting its touristic value and incentivizing foreign investment.

Large-scale tourism projects in Tripoli and Sibrata are being finalized despite security woes, said Imam, while some 20 projects worth billions of dollars still remain from the Kaddafi era.

Imam said the media was growing more and more obsessed with Libya’s security issues.”This hinders our efforts to attract tourists into the country,” she added.

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Mitiga Airport suspends operations after second strike

By Libya Herald reporters.

Tripoli, 25 November 2014:

Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport has suspended all flights following this morning’s air raid, which apparently caused widespread panic among waiting passengers. All carriers are being diverted to Misrata . . .

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/11/25/mitiga-airport-suspends-operations-after-second-strike/

No news of kidnapped of Jordanian ambassador but Interior Ministry “has leads”

By Libya Herald staff.

Tripoli, 16 April 2014:

There has been news of the Jordanian Ambassador, Fawwaz Al-Eitan, who was seized yesterday morning in central Tripoli by masked gunmen.  However, the Interior Ministry continues to follow up a number of leads.

 

Libya Herald

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/04/16/no-news-of-kidnapped-of-jordanian-ambassador-but-interior-ministry-has-leads/

Fighting subsides in Sebha as reconciliation talks get underway

Tripoli, 22 January 2014:

Fighting in and around Sebha has calmed down as reconciliation talks in the town gather momentum.

HRW criticizes Libya for lawlessness and impunity for local militias

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday criticized [press release] Libya for ongoing lawlessness and impunity for the militias responsible for the systematic executions of Muammar Gaddafi [JURIST backgrounder] and his supporters. HRW further urged the Libyan government and its international allies to create and support a law-abiding state security force and an impartial justice system which applies the law “no matter who the victim and who the perpetrator.” Earlier this month HRW requested [JURIST report] that Libya instate a moratorium on capital punishment because of the widespread disarray in the Libyan judicial system.

During the period of time now referred to as “the Arab Spring,” countries across the Middle East erupted in protests from citizens demanding an end to oppressive regimes and the beginning of true democracies in their nations. The pro-democracy protests began in Tunisia [JURIST news archive] and spread quickly to Egypt [JURIST backgrounder] and on to Libya and other nations. The recent death sentences come amid debate between the UN and Libya over the proper venue to try Gaddafi-era officials. Libya remains in conflict [JURIST report] with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] over the trial of Gaddafi’s son and the efficacy and fairness of trying him in a Libyan court.

JURIST http://jurist.org/paperchase/2013/10/hrw-criticizes-libya-for-the-lawlessness-and-impunity-of-local-militias.php