Tyrant is gone. Long live the Tyrant.

Alphia Abdikeeva, CIDH Pro Igual

Finally, the Libyan rebels produced a draft “Transitional” Constitution. Although the title suggests that it is provisional, or temporary, human experience teaches us that there is nothing more permanent than temporary, take for example the German Basic Law (although these two documents are further apart than the continents).

Article 1

“… Islam is the Religion of the State and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia)”

Not a word about international treaties to which Libya is a party and peremptory norms of international law (such as most fundamental human rights).

Article 6

“Libyans are brothers (SIC!) … Libyans shall be equal before the law. They shall enjoy equal civil and political rights, shall have the same opportunities, and be subject to the same public duties and obligations, without discrimination due to religion, belief, race, language, wealth, kinship, or political opinions or social status. The State shall guarantee for woman all opportunities which shall allow her to participate entirely and actively in political, economic and social spheres.”

Article 7

“Human rights and his (emphasis added) basic freedoms shall be respected.”

So, in the new Libya, women will have opportunities to participate “entirely and actively,” but they are not equals of men, regardless of religion, belief, race, language, wealth, kinship, or political opinions or social status? The new regime would have to do some convincing that for Libyan women this is going to be better than a travelling harem of the MIA colonel. Tyrant is gone, Long Live the Tyrant?

One could say no great surprises there, but a bitter aftertaste of disappointment remains.