Prominent Activist Slain in Libya

One of Libya's most prominent female activists was assassinated in Benghazi last week when gunmen stormed her house.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Salwa Bugaighis, a lawyer and rights activist, was at the forefront in the 2011 uprising and had since become an international face for Libyans' efforts to build democracy in their country. She was among the most outspoken voices against militias and Islamic extremists.

Ms. Bugaighis was shot dead just hours after casting her ballot in Libya's parliament elections, while her husband, a member of the Benghazi municipal council, has reportedly been abducted.

"The killing seems intended to silence critics and muzzle dissent," said Hanan Salah of Human Rights Watch.

(Source: WSJ, The Guardian, HRW)

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