EU Condemns murder of Female Libyan Lawyer


The European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM) has denounced the killing of the Libyan lawyer, Hanan Al-Barasi, and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“We call on the Libyan authorities to urgently launch a credible investigation into this killing, and bring the perpetrators to justice,” the EU said in a statement.

EUBAM stressed that criminal acts threaten the ongoing peace process, as well as undermine the many efforts for stability and justice in Libya.

“The EU supports and stands with the immense majority of Libyans who reject violence and terrorism, oppose human rights abuses, and want the inclusion and participation of women to come together in peaceful and patriotic dialogue,” the statement noted.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Ms Al-Barasi,” it added.

Gunmen shot dead the prominent lawyer on a busy street in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the Guardian reported.

The 46-year-old Barasi was known for giving a voice to female victims of violence, in videos that she broadcast on social media. She also ran a local association for the defence of women’s rights.