On 25 June 2014, Libyan human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis celebrated casting her vote in parliamentary elections. Hours later, she was brutally murdered in her own home, a crime which sent shockwaves through Libya’s civil society movement. In the first episode of a special new season marking the tenth anniversary of Libya's 2011 uprising and the birth of that civil society movement, we speak to Salwa’s family and friends to remember that day and reflect on what Salwa's assassination meant for Libya, and what has changed since.
This is a story of tragedy and triumph, and one we are honoured to tell. Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) is sincerely grateful to Salwa’s family and friends, and all of our friends and partners in Libyan civil society who gave us their time and trust to tell this story.
LFJL created the Ali Nouh Fund to provide emergency assistance to human rights defenders who are at risk due to their work. To donate, visit https://alinouhfund.ly/. Every penny you donate will go to support human rights defenders in Libya.
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