Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) called on Libyan authorities to open an independent investigation into the forced disappearance of female lawmaker, Siham Sergiwa, and bring those responsible to justice.
"Since 2014, frequent attacks against individuals based on their real or perceived political affiliation or activism have led to a severe narrowing of civic space. Activists, journalists and human rights defenders have faced growing restrictions, threats, enforced disappearances and unlawful killing as a way to silence dissenting voices." LFJL added in a statement on Saturday, two years on after the disappearance of Sergiwa.
"Women in particular have been targeted for physical and online violence. On the 25th of June 2014, human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis was assassinated inside her home just hours after voting in parliamentary elections. This was followed by the killing of former Derna Congress member Fariha Al-Berkawi on 17 July 2014, and human rights activist Entisar El Hassari on 24 February 2015. On the 11th of November 2020, lawyer and political activist Hanan Al-Barassi was shot and killed in broad daylight in Benghazi." It added.
It also indicated that failure to investigate attacks against women and men, to hold the perpetrators accountable or to deliver truth, justice and reparations to victims and their families has fostered a culture of impunity, in which human rights violations continue unchecked across the country.
Sergiwa was kidnapped by Awliaa Al-Dam (Blood Avengers) Brigade of Haftar's forces from her house in Benghazi in July 2019 for criticizing Haftar's offensive on Tripoli at the time, and since then, her whereabouts are unknown.