Urgent Appeal For The Life Of Dr. Abuzaid Dorda


UPDATE DECEMBER, 2011:
DR. DORDA’S CONDITION IS STABLE BUT HE WILL BE FACING AN UNFAIR TRIAL, REMAINS A POLITICAL PRISONER WITHOUT LEGAL COUNSEL AND IS AT RISK OF EXECUTION. HE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME. -ALEXANDRA VALIENTE

Alexandra Valiente and Adel Khalifa Dorda
Libya 360°

This is an urgent international appeal on behalf of of Dr. Abuzaid Dorda.

“Dr. Abuzaid Dorda, a senior member of the former Libyan government and former ambassador to the United Nations, who is held in high esteem by the Libyan people, has survived an assassination attempt on October 25, and is in grave danger.”

“They threw him out of a second story window and when he survived the fall, claimed he tried to commit suicide. Upon his arrival at the hospital in Meetiga, the doctor confirmed that he suffered multiple injuries from beatings before the injuries from the fall.”

“Abdelhakim Belhaj’s Tripoli brigade are trying to kill him. Dr. Dorda is critical with regards to any future prospects of peace in Libya and the chances of a backlash are heightened if he is martyred.”

Dr. Dorda’s son-in-law said that Dr. Dorda is being detained under poor conditions and has been denied proper medical treatment that is duly accorded a political prisoner under international law.

Dorda’s family have no means of contacting him.

Abuzed Omar Dorda and Adel Khalifa Dorda have appealed to the United Nations Secretary General to intercede with the NTC on behalf of Dr. Dorda and ensure his protection.

Dorda, renowned for his integrity, was arrested on September 11, following a freeze of his financial assets by the US government and the UN Security Council, under false pretexts, which was in itself a crime.

This case highlights the lawless brutality of the NTC regime.

Below is the appeal to the United Nations written by Adel Khalifa Dorda.

We implore readers to assist us by submitting appeals for compassionate intervention on behalf of Dr. Abuzaid Dorda to the following, reminding them of their duty to honor and uphold these laws:

THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS
CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE
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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations New York
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ICRC delegations: Libya

These are the key ICRC contacts to target:

sanderson@icrc.org

hihassan@icrc.org

ICRC delegation
Ibrahim Al Houni Street
10.53.050
Diagonally Opposite Brother’s Clinic (Al Okhowa)
Nouflieen,TRIPOLI
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mobile: (+218) 91 941 80 66, +218 92 523 65 82
tri_tripoli@icrc.org

Head of delegation:
Mr Georges Comninos
Media contact person:
Ms MESSOUDI Soaade
(+218) 913 066 198
Languages spoken: English/French/Arabic

ICRC Benghazi Al Andalus Street, Al Fwihat, Benghazi, LIBYA
Phone:( + 218) 92 807 7405
Head of offce: Mr. Patrick Schwaerzler
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Languages spoken: English/French/Arabic/Spanish

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LETTER OF APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS

His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki Moon
Secretary General
United Nations, NY

Your Excellency,

I am writing to bring to your attention an issue we deem important not only because it relates to a member of our family but as a human rights issue that concerns a former Permanent Representative to the United Nations who contributed to solving many human rights issues and guaranteeing these rights to many in his country and the world.

The case in question concerns Mr. Abuzed Omar Dorda, the former PR of Libya to the UN during the nineties. As you may know, Mr. Dorda has been arrested by the new Libyan Authorities for two months. He had arranged his own surrender as he was confident he had not participated in any murders or arbitrary arrests. He was only serving his country in different positions and very active in international diplomacy. He had a major role in solving many of the problems between the international community and Libya, most important of which was the Lockerbie issue. Many Permanent Representatives and UN officials who worked and dealt with him would attest to his responsible and genuine personality and efforts.

Mr. Dorda survived a murder attempt last night, 25 October, 2011, at the hands of his guards in the building where he was arrested. He was thrown off the second floor leading to several broken bones and other serious injuries. Authorities were forced to move Dorda to Maitiga hospital in Tripoli where as of now he is being held under extremely poor conditions. Dorda is not receiving the proper treatment duly and legally accorded a political prisoner, let alone that required under the terms of human rights and other international treaties.

On behalf of his family I kindly ask you to interfere directly as the Secretary General of the United Nations which he has long served, or through other humanitarian organizations, to guarantee his safety, security and freedom so he can get the proper treatment.

Sincerely Yours,

Adel Khalifa Dorda
26 October 2011

Appeal of Brother of Abuzaid Dorda Former Libyan Minister


Lizzie Phelan interviews son of captive Dr. Abuzaid Dorda, former Libyan Prime Minister and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

PLEASE COMPARE THE INFORMATION WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY DR. DORDA’S SON, HAMID WITH THE LIES FROM THE ICRC. THIS CAN BE USED FOR FURTHER ADVOCACY IF YOU CHOOSE TO LAUNCH A FORMAL COMPLAINT WITH THE ICRC.

ICRC LIES REGARDING THE CASE OF DR. DORDA

This appeal campaign is © Copyright 2011 by Libya 360° and Viva Libya!. Republication is strictly forbidden. You are however permitted, encouraged and welcome to post the link to the original letter of appeal and petition. On behalf of Libya’s political prisoners, we thank you for your support and cooperation.