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    June 14, 2013

    The Libyan authorities must drop charges against two politicians who published a cartoon on women’s rights deemed to be offensive to Islam, Amnesty International said today.

    Libyan National Party policy manager Ali Tekbali and Fathi Sager, the party’s secretary general, are due to appear in court this Sunday, 16 June at the Criminal Court in Tripoli .They are facing the death penalty over a cartoon calling for gender equality and women’s rights that was circulated on an electoral campaign poster last June.

    The cartoon features a group of men discussing the role of women in Libyan society, including a bearded character. That same character appeared as the Prophet Muhammad three months later in a controversial anti-Islamic comic published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last September. The cartoon, however, did not make any reference to the Prophet Muhammad or to Islam. 

    June 01, 2013

    Libya must comply with the decision made by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and immediately surrender Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to the Court in The Hague, said Amnesty International.

    "Libya is in transition. Its criminal justice system collapsed after the fall of the al-Gaddafi government and the country is not yet in a position where it can conduct fair trials, let alone try Saif for the crimes he is accused of committing by the ICC," said Tawanda Hondora, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Law and Policy Programme.

    "Libya must comply with its obligations to surrender Saif al-Islam to the ICC and it must ensure full protection of his rights during transfer.”

    Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of Muammar al-Gaddafi, is charged with two counts of crimes against humanity - murder and persecution – for his alleged role in the conflict that led to the ouster of the al-Gaddafi government.

    May 03, 2013

    In November 2012 Libyan journalist Amara Abdalla al-Khattabi, editor-in-chief of al-Umma newspaper,   published the names of 84 allegedly corrupt judges in his newspaper. Just a list of names. The newspaper had obtained the list from a confidential source.

    One month later, Amara Abdalla al-Khattabi was arrested, charged and detained under Article 195 of the Penal Code for the “insulting of constitutional or popular authorities”. Article 195 was frequently used to repress freedom of expression during the Gaddafi era. Amara Abdalla al-Khattabi is now facing 15 years in prison. Amnesty International believes that he is being tried solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

    April 10, 2013

    The wife of a hunger-striking Libyan journalist has told Amnesty International of her disbelief that her husband has been imprisoned and denied bail for ‘offending’ the judiciary under an al-Gaddafi-era law.

    Amara al-Khattabi, the editor-in-chief of al-Umma newspaper, was arrested last December and has been on hunger strike since 28 February in protest at his detention. He was arrested a month after his newspaper published a list of 84 judges allegedly involved in corruption.

    His wife Masara al-Ghussain declared a hunger strike in his support on Sunday, after al-Khattabi was transferred to a hospital on 4 April due to his deteriorating health. 

    “All he did was to publish a list of judges,” his wife told Amnesty International.

    “Has the act of copying and pasting now become so dangerous in Libya that it requires people being sent to prison?”

    March 12, 2013

    A Libyan newspaper editor detained since 19 December for publishing a list of judges allegedly involved in corruption in the country must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said today.

    Amara Abdalla al-Khatabi, 67, is currently detained in Hudba Prison in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, charged with defamation in relation to a list of 84 judges his newspaper published saying they were involved in corruption.

    He has been on hunger strike since 28 February in protest against his arrest and continued detention. There are risks that his health will deteriorate rapidly as he suffers from a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes and hypertension.

    “We are extremely worried about Amara Abdalla al-Khatabi’s health. Detaining a journalist because he ran a piece on corruption is reminiscent of al-Gaddafi-era practices. Amara Abdalla al-Khatabi should be released immediately and without any conditions,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Program Director at Amnesty International.

    March 08, 2013

    The attack on a TV station in Tripoli after it broadcasted a debate about a law that would ban those who held office during the al-Gaddafi years from participating in public institutions should be a wake-up call for the authorities to rein in local militias, Amnesty International said today.

    It follows a violent interruption of a General National Congress meeting on 5 March by hundreds of protestors who attempted to coerce its members to enact the Political Isolation Law. President of the GNC, Mohammad Magarief was subjected to a gunfire attack as members were eventually allowed to leave the meeting.  

    On 7 March, a large group of unidentified men stormed the headquarters of Al-Assema TV, a private news channel in Tripoli, and abducted four men, including the owner of the station Jumaa Al-Usta, the former Executive Director Nabil Al-Shibani and journalists Mohammad Al-Houni and Mahmoud Al-Sharkassi.

    While both journalists were released a few hours later, the whereabouts of Jumaa Al-Usta and Nabil Shibani remain unknown.


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