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Amnesty calls on Libya to protect women human rights defenders

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called [AI report] on the Libyan government on Monday to protect women human rights defenders in the country.

The call comes four years after Libyan human rights lawyer and activist Salwa Bugaighis was assassinated in the country. AI has found “an escalation of gender-based violence against women who continue to fight for political inclusion,” including assaults abductions, sexual violence and defamation on social media.

AI has blamed some of the escalation on a lack of adequate response to the assassination of Bugaighis, saying that the response to the assassination “sent a message to members of armed groups that they could target other women human rights defenders without fear of repercussions.”

AI has called upon the government of Libya to “address the entrenched discrimination against women” and conduct effective investigations into Bugaighis’ assassination and other crimes against women human rights defenders.

Libya has been accused of committing war crimes by several groups in recent years. UNSMIL chief Ghassan Salamé called [JURIST report] for a joint tribunal in November to try individuals in Libya suspected of war crimes. Human Rights Watch accused [JURIST report] the Libyan National Army of committing war crimes in March 2017. In November 2016, the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor announced [JURIST report] that they would be increasing investigations in Libya.