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Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations
The Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF, Arabic: مؤسسة القذافي العالمية للجمعيات الخيرية والتنمية‎‎), known also as GIFCA, was an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with headquarters formerly located in the Libyan capital Tripoli and offices in Chad, Germany, the Philippines and Sudan.[1] GICDF was established in 1998[2] upon signature of its charter in Geneva, Switzerland. The president of the Foundation was Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation
AbbreviationGICDF
Formation1998
Dissolved2011
TypeNGO
Legal statusFoundation
PurposeVolunteering
Human Rights
Poverty
HeadquartersTripoli, Libya
Region served
Worldwide
President
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
Main organ
Executive committee
Websitegicdf.org
Subsidiaries
Elected by the Foundation's executive committee, the executive director is Yousef Swani who oversees GICDF's seven subsidiaries, each of which has its own management. The subsidiary societies of GIFCA are:
  1. Human Rights Society;
  2. Libyan National Society for Drug Control;
  3. Society of Brothers in the South;
  4. De-mining Society;
  5. Society for the Underprivileged;
  6. 1973 Libyan Airline Victims Society.
Objectives
GICDF's objectives are:
Notable activities
The Gaddafi International Foundation has intervened in various hostage situations involving Islamic militants and, most notably, the crisis of the HIV trial in Libya and the resulting European Union-Libyan rapprochement.[3] In January 2004, GIFCA was instrumental in resolving the compensation issue in relation to the 1989 bombing of UTA Flight 772 when it concluded an agreement with the UTA relatives organisation "Les Familles du DC10 d'UTA"[4] to pay $1 million to each of the 170 victims' families. Interviewed by French newspaper Le Figaro on 7 December 2007 GIFCA's president Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said that the Libyans convicted for the Pan Am Flight 103 and the UTA Flight 772 bombings "are innocent". When asked if Libya would therefore seek reimbursement of the compensation paid to the families of the victims ($2.33 billion in total), Gaddafi replied: "I don't know."[5]
Controversies
Main article: LSE Gaddafi links
The Gaddafi International Foundation's donations to the London School of Economics have been a source of controversy.[6] In February 2011, LSE students occupied their university[7] in response to Muammar Gaddafi's alleged repressive measures taken against Libyan people.[8] As a result of the LSE Gaddafi links's affair, LSE's director Sir Howard Davies resigned from the School on 3 March.[9]
References
  1. ^ GICDF website Archived July 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations - Corporate NGO partnerships". Globalhand.org. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  3. ^ Pike, John. "Saif al-Islam Qadhafi". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  4. ^ (in French) http://www.dc10-uta.org Les Familles du DC10 d'UTA
  5. ^ (in French) Saif al-Gaddafi says "Libyans are innocent" of the Pan Am Flight 103 and UTA Flight 772 bombings Le Figaro December 7, 2007
  6. ^ Sellgren, Katherine (23 February 2011). "Student protest over Gaddafi cash". Retrieved 28 October 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "LSE Students Occupy Against University's Ties To Libyan Regime - UK Indymedia". Indymedia.org.uk. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  8. ^ Daoud, Nahla (23 February 2011). "Libyans have suffered enough. Muammar Gaddafi must go - Nahla Daoud". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  9. ^ Vasagar, Jeevan; Syal, Rajeev (4 March 2011). "LSE head quits over Gaddafi scandal". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
External links
HIV trial in Libya
Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations (Archive)
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