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No contact with abducted politician for months

AI-Index: MDE 19/1263/2019

On 17 July 2019, Libyan parliamentarian and prominent woman’s rights defender Siham Sergiwa was brutally abducted from her home in Benghazi by armed gunmen, after publicly criticising the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army’s military campaign to seize Tripoli. No contact has been made with her since her abduction more than three months ago, raising grave fears that she is at risk of torture or other forms of ill-treatment.


Siham Sergiwa is member of the Libyan Parliament who has been vocal on issues of women’s rights as well as critical of General Haftar, head of the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA). Siham Sergiwa appears to have come under attack as punishment for peacefully expressing her opinions and criticising the LNA’s offensive on Tripoli.

She is the latest in a series of Libyan women who have been targeted with assassination and attempted killings, abduction, physical assault or sexual violence as well as death threats, harassment, smear campaigns on social media and other forms of intimidation since 2014.

At least three female activists and politicians have been assassinated since 2014 in connection with their work; Women who do not adhere to social norms or challenge gender stereotypes are particular targets of such crimes.

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