Human Rights lawyer Salwa Bugaighis killed in Libya

June 29, 2014

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(Salwa Bugaighis in March 2014. – Photograph: National Dialogue Preparatory Commission/AP)
On 25 June 2014, the human rights lawyer, Salwa Bugaighis was killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi,, reports Jon Lee Anderson in the New Yorker of 27 June. NDERSON. Bugaighis, fifty years old, was fighting for a democratic, open society. “Along with her husband, Issam, and her sister Iman, she was at the forefront of the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi; later, she sat on the hastily declared transitional council that sought to bring order to the excited anarchy that followed Qaddafi’s fall. As that anarchy turned to bedlam, Bugaighis worked to reconcile Libya’s feuding groups—even as her life was threatened, and as other critics of the militias were murdered. She had been spending time abroad, because of such threats, but came home for the elections.Yesterday, just after she returned from voting in parliamentary elections, gunmen surprised her at her house and shot her to death. Issam, who was abducted in the incident, is still missing. 

3 Responses to “Human Rights lawyer Salwa Bugaighis killed in Libya”


  1. […] Reportedly, the Islamic militias in Libya maintain a black list of human rights defenders to be targeted. The listed persons promote the idea of a democratic state or other ideologies opposed to that of the armed groups.  On 20 September 2014, unidentified gunmen assassinated (http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/27323)  human rights defenders teenagers Tawfik Bensaud and Sami ElKawafi. Three months before, on 26 June 2014, human rights lawyer Ms Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead in her home in Benghazi by a group of unidentified men wearing military uniforms (http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/26411 and https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/human-rights-lawyer-salwa-bugaighis-killed-in-libya/). […]


  2. […] Salwa was shot dead in 2014 and her assassination left me and many worldwide devastated. Salwa was a courageous lawyer who from a young age pushed for democracy in Libya. She was actively involved in Libya’s revolution and has been described as the “Libyan human rights activist who took on Gaddafi”. Salwa was also actively involved in Libya’s post-revolution transition, calling for the inclusion of women in this process. At every chance, she pushed for national reconciliation in the troubled country. We can all take inspiration from Salwa’s courageous activism. Her commitment to peace and freedom is a legacy we should all aspire to.[see also: https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/human-rights-lawyer-salwa-bugaighis-killed-in-libya/] […]


  3. […] Salwa Bugaighis was the first woman to call for the ouster of Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi. After she cast her ballot in the 2014 election, men in hoods and military uniforms stormed into her home and killed her on 25 June.[ https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/human-rights-lawyer-salwa-bugaighis-killed-in-libya/] […]


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