Anti-Discrimination Committee: Libya violated the rights of a “targeted” activist |


Majdoleen Obeida fled Libya in 2012 after being harassed, tortured, and forced to close her women’s rights organization, Haqqi, or Haqqi.

She has been targeted and threatened for her activism for women’s rights. But the Libyan government has failed to investigate, prosecute, punish, and provide compensation for the torture and harassment she was subjected to. “Nahla Haidar, a member of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

They were questioned about alleged links to Israel

The Libyan human rights activist was participating in a workshop on women’s rights in Benghazi on August 9, 2012 when several armed men forced her to leave.

Later that day, she was arrested and taken from her hotel room by an Islamic militia, the February 17 Martyrs Brigade.

Over the next five days, the 25-year-old was arrested in various government-run compounds and the February 17 Martyrs’ Brigade. The organization was at the time receiving funds from the Libyan Ministry of Defense to carry out law enforcement missions in southern and eastern Libya.

During this period Mrs. Obaida was subjected to harassment, insults, and physical beatings. She was also hit with a pistol by a militia who threatened to kill her.

Ms. Obeida was questioned about her alleged links to Israel based on her translation work for an Israeli journalist who was making a documentary on women’s rights in Libya. She also appeared before the deputy interior minister, who complained about the “noise” she had caused in the media.

Complaints have been raised

On August 14, Mrs. Obeida was released and returned to Tripoli, the country’s capital.

But hate messages and death threats from the public forced her to give up her work as an NGO promoting women’s rights and in September 2012, she fled to the United Kingdom, where she was granted asylum.

She filed her complaint with the committee in 2017.

Haidar said, “We have called on Libya to respond to the complaint on four occasions from 2018 to 2020, and we regret that the state party did not respond to our requests.”

This is the first case in which the commission has found that a country in the MENA region has violated the rights of a human rights defender.

Make compensation

The committee asked Libya to ensure accountability and provide compensation to Ms. Obaida.

It has also issued wide-ranging general recommendations for Libya to address gender-based violence against women by public officials and non-state actors.

According to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, gender-based violence against women includes direct actions taken by or on behalf of state parties, as well as the government’s failure to prevent, investigate, and punish acts of violence against women.

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