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Murder of Libyan Human Rights activist, Sawal Bugaighis

Statement by Jean-Marie Heydt, President of the Conference of INGOs,

Strasbourg 1 July 2014

Last Wednesday, 25 June, the Libyan Human Rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was murdered in her house after she cast her vote and her husband was abducted. This shocking murder happened one day after the INGO Conference’s Round Table on Gender perspectives - Security and Peace held at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. Sawal Bugaighis was one of the contacts of the INGO Working group “Including Gender perspectives in political and democratic processes”.

She was involved in the overthrow of Gaddafi. She launched the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace after she resigned from the National Transitional Council accusing it from ignoring female members. She was a prominent member of a new Commission that aims to solve the present political differences.

On 24 June the INGO Conference listened to the Syrian Human Rights activist Mouna Ghanem, Coordinator of the Syrian Platform for Peace, who tries to bring parties in Syria together, to make them stop fighting with weapons and start discussing their differences.

In spite of receiving death threats these courageous women choose to remain in their countries and fight for peace and some pay the price. As INGO Conference members we admire their courage. We condemn strongly the targeting of these Human Rights activists and we will continue to support them.

Jean-Marie Heydt
President of the Conference of INGOs
NGO-unit@coe.int