The United Nations has reiterated its call for the immediate "release" and the disclosure of the whereabouts of female parliament member Seham Sergewa, who was abducted by militia groups loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar three years ago.
In a statement on International Women’s Day, the UN said that violence, intimidation, and arbitrary detention against women in general as well as human rights defenders, activists, journalists, and women politicians in Libya must cease.
Sergewa’s abduction had a chilling impact on the work of women activists in Libya, the statement reads, adding that silencing the voices of women in decision-making positions and human rights activists will not be tolerated.
Sergewa was snatched from her house in Benghazi in July 2019 hours after appearing on TV criticizing warlord Haftar’s war on Tripoli. Several activists confirmed that Sergewa was executed immediately after the abduction.