Tamil Diplomat

Libya’s eastern authority freezes women’s travel ban

The authorities in eastern Libya have ordered a temporary freeze on a controversial travel ban on Libyan women under the age of 60. The directive, which came into force last weekend, was widely condemned and ridiculed across the country.

Affecting women in eastern Libya, it prohibited those under the age of 60 from travelling abroad without a male guardian. The authorities had said the ban was for security, not religious, reasons.

A military official claimed it was because some women travelling abroad were in contact with foreign intelligence. The authorities presented no evidence to back up this claim(BBC,2017).