On the grounds of the final statement issued by the forum of Libyan Amazigh constitutional election on Saturday 12/01/2013, in which the Local Councils which organized the forum have concluded - Without prevarication but with great impartiality - That the only constitution that we will accept is the one that we and all Libyans recognize globally on an equal footing. It is a constitution which will protect us and that we are going to protect and which will enable us to defend our lives.
Any constitution that does not respond to these aspirations will be illegitimate, will not be recognized by us and we refuse to be represented by its institutions.
On the grounds decisions of the paragraph 2 of article 3 of the Constitutional Declaration stipulates that a constituent body will be elected by a free referendum and direct - which excludes members of the General National Congress (GNC) - to develop a permanent constitution for the country in a manner similar to the committee 60 which has been formed to draft the constitution of independence in 1951 ;
Taking into account the fact that the GNC will fix the criteria to elect the committee, while taking account of the need for representing all the layers of the Libyan company with the cultural and linguistic identities ;
The High Council of Libyan Amazigh put forward proposals to the GNC regarding the mechanisms to activate the aforementioned paragraph on the representation of the sections of society with cultural and language specificities in a clear way which will enable them to realize their objectives. This can be done by associating these components of society in taking decisions concerning these specificities, as an exception to the majority decision-making rule. Otherwise, such representation will be meaningless.
The committee which has been formed in accordance with the GNC ruling number 30 in 2013, in order to prepare a draft to elect a constituent body, has recommended in its report that these components of the Libyan society should benefit from adequate representation and that the mechanism of the work of the constituent body should be based on consensus. The committee stipulated in its draft law that consensus should be the mechanism in decision making regarding the constitutional rights of the components of the Libyan society.
While we oppose the committee’s recommendations for failing to activate the aforementioned Constitutional Declaration ruling and for the insignificant representation of the Amazigh people, the worst came from the GNC which objected to the committee’s proposal and insisted on its deep-hatred for Libya’s identity and authenticity through its racist and tribal spirit which betray the principles of 17 Febr We have repeatedly made it clear that we aspire to a constitution which will protect the basic rights of all citizens and remind them of their duties. This can only be achieved by embracing the concepts of citizenship, safeguarding human rights principles, protecting freedoms, guaranteeing free expression and the rights of minorities, respecting ideological differences and political pluralism.
We have repeatedly made it clear that we aspire to a constitution which will protect the basic rights of all citizens and remind them of their duties. This can only be achieved by embracing the concepts of citizenship, safeguarding human rights principles, protecting freedoms, guaranteeing free expression and the rights of minorities, respecting ideological differences and political pluralism. As the GNC had already insisted on the formal nature of the representation of minorities, and as we have never broke our promise, we swear to God that we will not violate our oath to our homeland and we will not go back on our promise to our martyrs. Therefore, participation in the 60-member committee and its outcome do not concern the Aamzigh people. Accordingly, the High Council of Libyan Amazigh announces the following :
First : The Amazigh people will boycott the election of the Constituent body.
Second : The Amazigh people will withdraw their members in the GNC.
The High Council of Libyan Amazigh,
Issued in Tripoli on 10 July, 2013.