Salwa – lost for words

In Libya on July 15, 2014 at 23:45


Salwa Bugaighis was a human rights lawyer and founding February 17 Revolutionary who was one of the first activists to protest on February 15th in front of the Courthouse in Benghazi, Libya.  She was a member of the National Transitional Council and fought courageously for human rights & dignity and especially for women’s rights in Libya.  On the night of June 25 2014, Salwa was mercilessly gunned down in her own home by suspected Islamist  militants who fear freedom, dignity, democracy and the rule of law.  I filmed this interview with Salwa in Tripoli soon after the overthrow of Gaddafi and she talked about her hopes for the future and some of her fears – all somewhat prophetic now.  Another tragic loss that has become the blood bath of post-conflict Libya.  Too many sacrifices.  May she rest in peace.

Fatima Hamroush & Salwa Bugaighis

Dr Fatima Hamroush (Libyan Minister of Health), Sharron Ward & Salwa Bugaighis in Tripoli November 2011



Fatima Hamroush & Salwa Bugaighis

Libyan Minister of Health Dr Fatima Hamroush, Sharron Ward & Human rights lawyer Salwa Bugaighis


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