Fatwa House: Reconciliation requires justice and accountability

Fatwa House: Reconciliation requires justice and accountability

March 20, 2022 - 15:06
Posted in:
Written By: SafaAlharathy

The reconciliation maintains a high status in Islamic Sharia, but it should come along with the restitution of rights and accountability, the Fatwa House said, on Friday.

Since the 2011 uprising that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, aggravated by the emergence of a parallel government in the east in 2014, many initiatives have evolved around healing the deep social wounds left by years of repression under authoritarian rule and the post-revolution violence. The differences, however, remained on how to combine reconciliation and punishment.

In a statement, the Council of Sharia Research and Studies at the Fatwa House said it had long called for peace within the provisions of Sharia that guarantees fairness and justice for all.

"Setting out the rights of victims is essential for healing the wounds, then it is up for the injured parties to waive their rights willingly," the statement read, underscoring that reconciliation does not mean making the forbidden permissible or vice versa.

In its fatwa, the council pointed out that its decision also includes the states that allied with the "aggressors" or participated in the killing of Libyans and the destruction of their property.

"The reconciliation advocated for in the Qur’an and the Sunnah is with those who did not engage in oppression and corruption."

Addressing the displacement issue, the Fatwa House said that true reconciliation depends on establishing transitional justice; In this regard, it called on the authorities to provide the IDPs with decent places that preserve their dignity, until securing their safe return to their cities.

The council considered the brigades that raised arms in the face of the legitimate authorities in 2014 as aggressors, saying they bare the responsibility for the killings, torturing, and looting they committed.

It also underlined that everybody who got involved in bloodshed or corruption before or after the revolution must be excluded from decision-making positions as such activities question their integrity, according to the statement.