Lawyer Who Supported the Rights of Women in Libya, Found Dead

/ Viva Libya !

Editorial Comment:

Hamida Al-Hadi Al-Asfar was reported missing on August 15, 2013 and her body was found on August 26th.

There have been no investigations and nothing has been done to bring her murderers to justice.

Please read this alternate statement regarding the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and death. The motives behind her abduction, torture and murder are clear.

Alternate Report (Arabic):

العثور علي جثة المحامية حميدا الاصفر في مدينة زليتن هذا ويذكر ان المحامية قد اختفت في ظروف غامضة مند حوالي اكتر من ستة اشهر فى مدينة جنزور .

وغدا سيعرض على النيابة أمر كتيبة الفرسان وهو احد المتطرفين .

والمحامية حميدة تم اختطافها بعد تأييدها لوثيقة الامم المتحده لحقوق المرأة ، واختلفت مع المفتي الغريانى الذي قال الوثيقه

تخالف الشريعه الاسلامية . تم اختطافها من 6 شهور وتم العثور

عليها مقتولة فى زليطن اليوم .

Approximate Translation:

The body of Lawyer, Hamida Al-Hadi Al-Asfar, was found in Zlitan today.

She disappeared under mysterious circumstances six months ago after voicing her support for the UN report on violence against women and girls.

(See: Libya’s “Grand Mufti” Issues Fatwa Against UN Women’s Rights Report on Violence Against Women and Girls)

This placed her in a position of open and very public disagreement with the islamist “grand mufti” who asserted that the report contradicted Sharia Law.

Hamida Al-Hadi Al-Asfar

Why is the Libyan Herald publishing this now?

By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab
Tripoli, 7 January 2014

The body of a lawyer, who was kidnapped in August, was found dumped by a roadside yesterday and showed signs of torture.

Hamida Al-Hadi Al-Asfar was kidnapped on the outskirts of Tripoli in the Janzour district on the afternoon of 16 August. She was taken while leaving Janzour’s prosecutor’s office in a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe and made her last call to relatives at around half past one on the day of her kidnapping. Her body showed signs of burns when it was received at the Tripoli Medical Centre mortuary.

Ongoing investigations into her abduction are yet to reveal the motives behind her kidnapping and subsequent killing.

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