Prominent Libyan anti-rape activist shot dead amid busy street

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Gunmen have shot dead a prominent Libyan activist and lawyer on a busy street in the eastern city of Benghazi, as the latest attempt at talks on the country’s political future continues in neighbouring Tunisia.

Hanan al-Barassi, an outspoken critic of abuses in the eastern areas controlled by Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), was shot dead in her car in broad daylight.

The 46-year-old Barassi was known for giving voice to female victims of violence in videos that she broadcast on social media.

She also ran a local association for the defence of women’s rights.

She had spoken out against cases of alleged rape and assault of women in the city, in which she implicated fighters linked to Haftar, the commander of one of the country’s warring factions.

Amnesty International says that she and her daughter had received death threats.

The latest murder has prompted an outcry across Libya, with many on social media demanding justice.

Libyan representatives from all sides began direct talks in Tunisia on Monday, under the aegis of the UN, aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict in the country. (Source: BBC)

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