Killing of human rights lawyer
2 July 2014

Killing of human rights lawyer


On 26 June 2014, human rights lawyer Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead in her home in Benghazi by a group of unidentified men wearing military uniforms. Her husband, who was present at the time of the attack, is currently missing.

Salwa Bugaighis played an active role in the 2011 uprising against Colonel Gaddafi. The human rights lawyer was known for her opposition to armed militias and radical Islamic extremists. Salwa Bugaighis was also a former member of the National Transitional Council (NTC).

The shooting took place shortly after Bugaighis cast her vote in the national parliamentary elections. During a television appearance earlier that day, Bugaighis spoke about gunfire in her neighbourhood after militants attacked members of the military who were protecting the polling station.

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