Hanane Al-Barassi, a lawyer and women’s rights defender, was shot dead on Tuesday in Bengazi while in her car. A security source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told AFP that the victim “was shot and killed in one of the city’s largest commercial arteries.” The 46-year-old lawyer ran a local women’s rights association and often spoke to women who were victims of violence in videos she shared on social media.
The United Nations has strongly condemned the murder of Hanane Al-Barassi and called on the Libyan authorities to end impunity and open an urgent investigation to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice.
For its part, Amnesty International claimed that the day before her murder, the lawyer had declared on social media that she intended to publish a video to expose the corruption of the son of the leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, Saddam Haftar. For her part, Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher Hanan Salah pointed out that the murder “recalls other crimes for which no one has been punished,” referring to the abduction of MP Siham Sergewa a year and a half ago.