DRL Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law in Libya

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces two open competitions, outlined below, for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that support Libyan-led justice and accountability efforts, and promote freedom of association, assembly, and expression. Long-term stability in Libya hinges on building accountable, inclusive governance institutions. DRL’s objective is to promote the full implementation of Libya’s 2013 Transitional Justice Law, including ending arbitrary detention and promoting community-based reconciliation.

Program approaches could include, but are not limited to: (1) training and technical assistance to civil society and the justice sector, such as lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and administrative staff, to support and advocate for the full implementation of the 2013 Transitional Justice law in a manner consistent with international human rights law; (2) training and technical assistance to civil society and the justice sector to advocate for, plan, and implement key reforms to guarantee due process and the human rights of detainees, including the establishment of civilian oversight and monitoring mechanisms; (3) monitoring of detention facilities, including documentation of treatment, anti-torture measures, as well as advocacy for access to information and legal representation; (4) design and implementation of local processes in support of the 2013 Transitional Justice Law, as noted above, including dialogue, advocacy, and educational efforts to foster reconciliation, generate local-buy in and understanding, and ensure community demands are addressed at the local and national level; (5) supporting meaningful and sustainable participation of survivors of torture in reconciliation processes through the provision of comprehensive support, as well as raising awareness of the benefits of psychosocial support and reducing stigma toward those accessing these services; and (6) developing and implementing long-term education strategies to promote peacebuilding, tolerance, and reconciliation, with a particular focus on schools.

2) Eligibility

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organisations/non government organisations (NGO) and public international organisations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organisations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Libya.

4) Budget

Minimum award amount is $500,000 and maximum award amount is $1,600,000. Period of performance is 18-24 months.

5) Application

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), on Friday, March 15, 2019 by 11:59 PM (EST) on www.grants.gov or SAMS Domestic (https://mygrants.service-now.com) under the announcement title “DRL Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law in Libya” funding opportunity number “SFOP0005541.”