UNSMIL strongly condemned the killing of lawyer Hanan Al-Burasi, who was shot Tuesday, in broad daylight, in Benghazi by unidentified armed men.
UNSMIL said in a statement that Al-Burasi had been a vocal critic of corruption, abuse of power and human rights violations, adding that her tragic death illustrates the threats faced by Libyan women as they dare to speak out.
UNSMIL said it takes note of the decision by relevant authorities in the East to initiate a prompt and thorough investigation into her death, calling for the perpetrators to be promptly brought to justice.
“The killing of Ms. Al-Burasi is a strong reminder for Libyans in positions of responsibility that they should put their differences aside and swiftly forge an inclusive solution to the protracted crisis to restore justice and accountability and end the prevailing climate of impunity.” UNSMIL indicated.
Al-Burasi was murdered by gunmen in Benghazi in eastern Libya Tuesday morning as she was getting out of her car on Street 20.
She was murdered just after she appeared in a video on social media criticizing Khalifa Haftar and his sons as well as his militias’ crimes and lawlessness in Benghazi and in eastern Libya in general.
Libya Alahrar sources said the gunmen were in three cars and then they were seen getting out of the cars and shooting Al-Burasi on the busy Benghazi Street 20.