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7 September 2012

Blog - Fair trials still out of reach in Libya

Blog - Fair trials still out of reach in Libya
Asma Sariba is one of 33 women serving on the new Libya's General National Congress.

Asma Sariba is one of 33 women serving on the new Libya's General National Congress.

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Asma Sariba realizes that a great deal of responsibility lies on the shoulders of the Congress, which inherited a country struggling to break the legacy of systematic human rights violations and a population severely damaged by eight months of armed conflict
Source: 
Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Libya Researcher

By Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Libya Researcher

Two years ago, when Asma Sariba wrote articles for Libyan opposition websites based abroad, she put herself and her family at great risk.  

Back then, she did not shy away from using her real name, even posting her picture.

Today, she is one of the 33 women serving on the 200-member General National Congress after Libya’s historic national elections on 7 July, which followed four decades of repression under Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi.

Asma Sariba realizes that a great deal of responsibility lies on the shoulders of the Congress, which inherited a country struggling to break the legacy of systematic human rights violations and a population severely damaged by eight months of armed conflict.

Among her top priorities are the establishment of the rule of law and the disarmament of the hundreds of armed militias that have plagued Libya since the “declaration of liberation” on 23 October last year.

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Issue

Activists 
Armed Conflict 
Armed Groups 
Detention 
Impunity 
MENA unrest 
Trials And Legal Systems 
Women 

Country

Libya 

Region

Middle East And North Africa 

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