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June 26, 2022

Libyan rape victim arrived in Romanian UN refugee shelter

Eman al-Obeidy, the woman who claims she was raped by the pro-Gaddafi troops, arrived on Monday, in the UN transit refugee shelter in Timisoara. According to sources within the US State Department, al-Obeidy will remain, for a couple of weeks, in a “transit centre in Europe”, before heading to her “final destination”.

Eman al-Obeidy came to the attention of the international press on March 26, 2011, when she penetrated into the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli and told the foreign journalists there that pro-Gaddafi troops had beaten and raped her. She was detained by the security forces and taken to an unknown destination, whence she was released three days later. She fled Libya on May 5, crossing the border to Tunisia with the assistance of a deserting military officer. She reached as far as Qatar, where she was to be relocated as a refugee, but was deported last Thursday, being sent back to Libya, to Benghazi. Al-Obeidy, who claims she was beaten before the expulsion, believes officials in the Libyian National Transition Council exercised pressure on Qatar to have her deported. American officials voiced their “disappointment” with al-Obeidy’s expulsion, deeming it a “violation of human rights”. Amnesty International qualified the deportation as “outrageous” and argued the gesture of the Qatar Government was “a serious violation of international obligations”. Eman al-Obeidy stated, on repeated occasions, that she wanted to go to the United States. According to sources in the State Department, quoted by CNN, the state secretary Hillary Clinton “showed a keen interest in the Obeidy case and followed it closely”.

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