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MEPs demand the release of Libyan Eman al-Obeidy

(BRUSSELS2) Several members of the European Parliament wrote today to the High Representative, Cathy Ashton, calling for “immediate and certified release” by Eman al-Obeidy, the Libyan woman who burst into the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli on March 26, where most of the journalists were gathered, and who complained of having been raped and beaten by the militias of the pro-Gaddafi government. “I admire the courage of this woman who made the decision to speak out despite the risks. Europe cannot let it disappear. Her case is emblematic of the situation of dissident women in Libya” believes the Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes, one of the signatories of the letter, and rapporteur on the EU-Libya framework agreement, with the Swedish Eva-Britt Svensson (United Left), president of the “women's rights” commission and the Finnish Heidi Hautala (Greens), chair of the Human Rights Subcommittee.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).