UN condemns assassination of Libyan human rights activist

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Salwa Bugaighis. UN PHOTO

The assassination of a prominent Libyan personality and member of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue has been condemned by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Salwa Bugaighis was shot and killed in her home in Benghazi by unknown assailants.

Local media reports say her husband, who was in their home at the time of the attack, has gone missing.

Her assassination is the last of a series largely targeting civilians in Benghazi, the Mission noted.

Ms Bugaighis was in New York last March for the Commission on the Status of Women where she told the UN that if hardliner Islamic clerics got their way, it would be a "blow to women's rights" in her country.

The human rights lawyer indicated then that the presence of women in decision-making positions would improve their status.

Having played a role in the so-called 2011 "revolution", she said her biggest concern was for women to lose their political gains because of a long-standing view in society that "politics was reserved for men".

UNSMIL has called on the Libyan authorities to thoroughly investigate the assassination and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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