The AIJA Human Rights Committee shares with us the latest news on Libyan lawyer’s murder as well as a call to action by the Human Rights Watch.
Libya: outspoken Benghazi lawyer murdered
On 10 November, Hanan Al-Barassi, a Libyan human rights activist lawyer was killed in the city of Benghazi.
Eastern Libyan authorities should promptly investigate the apparent politically motivated killing of a lawyer. Hanan Al-Barassi, an outspoken critic of violations by armed groups in eastern Libya, was shot dead in Benghazi by an unidentified masked gunmen on 10 November 2020. She said that she had received numerous death threats in the days leading up to her killing.
“The killing of an outspoken lawyer in broad daylight in Benghazi will send chills through activists across the region,” said Hanan Salah, senior Libya researcher at Human Rights Watch; an organisation that investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. “This brutal killing smacks of a cold-blooded execution. The only way to end this cycle of violence is if authorities hold criminals to account for these terrible acts.”
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has a mandate to investigate war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Libya since 2011. A recently established UN fact-finding mission on Libya has the mandate to investigate serious violations in Lybia in the country since 2016. They should put their mandates to good use to support a credible, independent investigation into Al-Barassi’s killing.
Read more about Human Rights Watch’s call to action here.