UN demands release of abducted lawmaker eastern Libya


The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called for the immediate release of lawmaker, Siham Sergewa, and her husband who were reportedly abducted at their house in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Sergewa is an outspoken critic of eastern Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar and his offensive on Tripoli and advocates a political solution to the Libyan crisis.

“UNSMIL stresses that silencing the voices of women in decision-making position will not be tolerated,” the mission said in a statement.

The UN-backed government in Tripoli has also called for a disclosure of the whereabouts of Segewa, saying it holds security officials in Benghazi responsible for the abduction.

In the latest turmoil since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Haftar’s Libyan National Army force has been unable to take Tripoli despite fighting that has killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands of civilians.

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