Target: Al-Aref Al-Khoja, Libyan Minister of the Interior
Goal: Disclose the whereabouts of women’s rights activist Jabir Zain and secure his release and safety.
In Libya, a women’s rights activist has been subjected to an enforced disappearance by a militia. Members of a Tripoli-based militia, under the authority of the Ministry of the Interior, abducted Jabir Zain along with three others as they left a seminar on women’s rights held in a popular Tripoli cafe. His family has been unable to speak to him in the weeks since his abduction, however they say he has been tortured and threatened with deportation to Sudan. Members of the militia have refused to disclose his whereabouts but have claimed that he has been transferred to the custody of Libyan intelligence services.
Prior to his abduction, Jabir Zain was outspoken on a number of women’s rights and, more generally, human rights issues in Libya, many of which were controversial. He spoke out against torture and abductions, as well as the targeting of journalists and fellow activists. His continued detention undermines civil society in Libya and may well prevent people speaking out about human rights violations committed by militias under government control.
Sign this petition and demand that the Minister of the Interior release Jabir Zain’s whereabouts and either charge him with an internationally recognized criminal offence or release him.
Dear Minister Al-Khoja,
The continued detention of Jabir Zain and the refusal to disclose his whereabouts is shocking. I urge you to disclose Mr. Zain’s whereabouts immediately and allow him access to his family and legal representation. Either charge him with a criminal offense or secure his release.
Mr. Zain and his family have alleged that he suffered torture while in custody. These allegations must be investigated by an independent and transparent investigative body. I urge you to empower such a body and ensure that these allegations are fully investigated and those responsible for any wrongdoing are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
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