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Missing since July, EU, Canada call for release of Libyan female lawmaker

The European Union and Canada’s Heads of Missions have renewed their call for the immediate release of the member of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) Siham Sergiwa, who has been kidnapped from her house in Benghazi in July 2019 by forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar.

The EU and Canada missions called on the concerned authorities to take up their responsibilities and to probe the abduction of the Libyan female lawmaker.

Sergiwa has been very critical of the pro-Haftar militias’ behavior in eastern Libya, especially in Benghazi, where she lived, and that didn’t ring a good bell for diehard followers of Haftar.

On the International Women’s Day, the two missions said about 200.000 girls and women had been displaced due to the ongoing conflict in Libya as 18.000 females had been registered as refugees or asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, the two missions condemned violence against women and girls, urging for holding the abusers accountable for their actions. They also called on Libyan parties to end the conflict and resume political dialogue with proper and full participation of women.

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