UN demands lawmaker’s release

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) demanded the immediate release of lawmaker, Siham Sergewa, and her husband reportedly abducted at their house in Benghazi overnight.

Sergewa is an outspoken critic of eastern Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar and his offensive on Tripoli and advocates a political solution to the Libyan crisis.

In the latest turmoil since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Haftar’s Libyan National Army force has been unable to take Tripoli despite fighting causing havoc in the capital’s southern suburbs and displacing thousands of civilians.

“UNSMIL stresses silencing the voices of women in decision-making positions will not be tolerated,” the mission said in a statement.

The internationally recognised government in Tripoli called for disclosure of the whereabouts of Segewa, saying it holds security officials in Benghazi responsible for the abduction.

The security directorate in Benghazi, which serves as the police of Haftar’s eastern administration, denied on its official Facebook page the presence of Sergewa in any of its stations.