CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Libya’s Pathway to Peace

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In February of 2011, Libya dealt with an uprising in response to their dictatorship; today, however, Libya advocates for peace within the Arab League.

The Arab Spring that began in Tunisia in 2011 brought many challenges as people protested dictatorships by publicly setting fires. It marked a shift in public opinion in Middle Eastern countries stemming from governmental repression of free speech, human right abuses and economic mismanagement. The Spring's goal was the creation of a better political system in order to include more citizens within the process of government. The protests brought about reform in Libya due to U.S. and U.N. intervention.

Within the committee and throughout a subsequent interview, the representative of Libya fiercely advocated for democracy, education and cooperation within the Arab League. Her passion could easily be attributed to her knowledge of the effect of government reformation and specifically what it had on Libya.

“One of the pillars of Islam is peace, not extremism, people are unfortunately being liked to believe that Islam and extremism go hand and hand,” said the representative of Libya when asked about what she feels are the most important points to emphasis within working papers. She mentioned ideas of education, cooperation, democratic ideals and economic reform. The matters of cooperation are also a priority for the representative as she feels it is preventative in preventing future threats of terrorism. The final point she made emphasized the importance of the Arab League being loyal to Islam.

The Arab Spring was a powerful political uprising that occurred in many countries and some of the effects can still be seen today. It is important for the UN to not only remedy those countries; they must create an environment in which protests that profoundly affect the stability of the country and protests that profoundly reflect the dissatisfaction of the country are no longer needed.