* A report by Amnesty International highlights that Moroccan authorities enhanced their harassment of human rights advocates and activists over the past two months, as at least four defenders are facing criminal investigations and prosecution over social media posts that criticizes the authorities. In the report, Amnesty International “calls on the Moroccan authorities to end the prosecutions of activists who have been critical of public figures, state officials or state institutions, and to ensure that people are free to express their opinions without fear of reprisals. All penalties for insult or defamation of public officials must be quashed.”
* 40 young men and women from different regions of Libya stressed the importance of finding a way out of the blockage which the legislative and executive tracks reached in order to hold the elections. This came during their dialogue with the UN advisor Stephanie Williams, who said that she outlined the work she had undertaken since her return to Libya in December 2021. She indicated that she had presented in detail the efforts and priorities of the United Nations at the present time, represented in assisting the Libyans to hold credible national elections as soon as possible based on a constitutional basis and a solid electoral framework. Williams noted that youth representatives expressed their views on the current situation in Libya, including political, economic, and security challenges in addition to transitional justice and national reconciliation. They also touched on the need to fulfill commitments in order to activate true national reconciliation, urge inclusiveness, and protect human rights and civil society.
* The Ministry of Youth of the Interim Government of National Unity, Libya, announced the opening of registration for local institutions wishing to monitor the electronic elections process for the Libyan Youth Parliament. This measure comes "within the framework of the initiative to enhance the democratic participation of youth," according to the ministry's statement on its Facebook page. The Ministry has allocated an electronic link for all institutions wishing to register, to fill out the form for monitoring that process.
* International Crisis Group published a report discussing the political situation in Tunisia. The report asserts that President Kaïs Saïed has introduced a state of emergency, suspended parliament, and dismissed the prime minister, consolidating authority in his own hands. Tunisia’s economy is in dire straits, which could push large parts of society into poverty. This is important as these actions have widened the rift between proponents and opponents in Tunisia, which could even trigger violence. Crisis Group recommends that “President Saïed empowers his cabinet to set the course for the country’s economy, rather than attempting to do so himself. He should launch an inclusive national dialogue as a prelude to returning to a negotiated constitutional order. In response, foreign partners should offer Tunisia prospects for a brighter economic future.”
* Tunisian President Kais Saied announced that Tunisia will pay compensations to the families of those who were killed or wounded during the Arab Spring pro-democracy revolution in 2011. Saied issued a decree to provide compensation to the relatives of “martyrs,” law enforcement officers, and troops who were killed or wounded in the years following the revolution.
* The Palestinian "Women Journalists Against Violence" movement organized a special training discussing the "Freedom of Information" law. The training came due to the lack of information from the institutional side regarding the spread of violence. Lawyer Raghda Awwad provided the training with an extensive explanation about freedom of information from the realms of human rights and as a tool for strengthening democracy, especially since freedom of information guarantees effective political participation, protection of citizen rights, improving the performance of institutions, combating corruption, ensuring freedom of the press, and strengthening civil society. In addition, she touched on the application of the law, the absence of oversight and penalties, the high cost of petitions as a deterrent for citizens to pursue decisions, and a review of the practical aspects of the law in terms of fulfilling the application requirements and fees, and some practical recommendations.