IFES Condemns Assassination of Libyan Human Rights Leader Salwa Bugaighis
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is deeply saddened by the assassination of Libyan human rights lawyer and activist Salwa Bugaighis and strongly condemns this cowardly act of violence. We offer our condolences to her family and remember her dedication, commitment and ultimate sacrifice for women’s participation in the political process and equal rights in Libya.
IFES was honored to work alongside Salwa – who was one of our first friends among women’s rights advocates in Libya – assisting in democratic development in the country. She extended her support to IFES wholeheartedly and opened up her network, helping to build the cornerstone relationship between IFES and our civil society partners in Libya, particularly in Benghazi. Salwa was a builder of hopes, partnerships and futures; a legacy for us all to continue to strive for in her absence.
Libya’s June 25 Council of Representatives elections mark an important step in the country’s transition process. The next government must work to build consensus, just as Salwa did, in order to build a better Libya.
IFES reaffirms its commitment to working with the brave men and women of Libya and the international community for a peaceful transition to a democracy that ensures human rights for all. We will continue to support electoral processes that provide Libyans with the opportunity to express their voice and elect their representatives in free and fair elections.