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Libya: Experts troubled by discriminatory policy restricting movement of women and girls travelling

GENEVA (19 July 2023) -- UN experts* today expressed deep concern about a discriminatory policy issued by the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU) in April 2023 that effectively restricts the rights of women and girls to travel abroad without a male guardian or mahram.

"Not only is this policy discriminatory, but it also restricts the freedom of movement of women and girls, including students who leave the country to study abroad," the experts said, noting reports that women and girls who refuse to complete or submit the form are denied exit.

The new policy has reportedly been systematically implemented without any formal or prior announcement and has required all women and girls travelling to fill in a form providing personal information, reasons for travelling without a male guardian or mahram, and details of their previous history of travelling without a* mahram*.

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