Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Following is an excerpt from a press release by the Human Rights Watch, "Libya: Women, Girls Locked Up Indefinitely Without Charge," published February 27, 2006. You may read the full article in English or Arabic.
"Libyan authorities are holding many women and girls in these facilities who have committed no crime, or who have completed a sentence. Some are there for no reason other than that they were raped, and are now ostracized for 'staining their families' honor.' Officials transferred the majority of these women and girls to these facilities against their will, while those who came voluntarily did so because no genuine shelters for victims of violence exist in Libya."
This horrendous report uncovers the truth about the status of women in Libya, and it refutes all claims that women in Libya are respected and have rights and all the rhetoric we hear about this topic. It's shocking, dreadful, and sad...