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الأربعاء 1 أبريل 2009

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Letter Concerning Latest Developments In The Abuslim Massacre

I wrote the enclosed letter for all those concerned for the victims of the Abuslim prison massacre. All is needed is the name and signature of sender. Libyan Americans could send the letter to President Obama and Secretary Clinton. Other Libyans living in England and elsewhere can modify the letter and address to whomever they deem important.


Mohamed Bugaighis


March 30, 2009

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re: Abuslim Prison Massacre in Libya

Dear President Obama:

Libyan and International human rights groups have reported numerous human rights abuses by the Libyan, most prominently amongst them is the massacre at Abuslim prison, on the outskirts of Tripoli on June 28, 1996. This heinous crime resulted in the cold-blooded murder of 1200 political prisoners. Since then, the Libyan regime has consistently denied the occurrence of such a massacre until April 2004, when the regime reluctantly admitted to having committed such a crime, and pledged an investigation. Such a rare admission of a crime was forced upon the Libyan regime after an eyewitness account of the massacre at Freedom House to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the tragedy. To date, no such investigation has ever taken place, and it is unlikely that it will ever happen without international intervention.

Most recently, over the past few months and weeks, Libyan security agents have been releasing victims’ names to their families, with death certificates claiming natural deaths due to a variety of diseases, although no victims’ remains were thus far received by any of the families. Upon the receiving the news of the deaths of their loved ones, family members and supporters, have protested the news and demanded to know the circumstances, location of remains, and have demanded a through investigation in the massacre and trial for those who instigated and taken part in the crime. Some of those protesters were lawyers who lost their close relatives in the massacre; those lawyers have demanded justice for the deceased and open trials for all those who were involved in the crime. Instead of heeding the legitimate demands of the lawyers and families of victims, the Libyan regime responded with arrests and imprisonment of the protesters, particularly among the ranks of the lawyers. Numerous Libyan human rights groups in exile have added their voices to the protesting lawyers and the victims’ families in demanding justice be served, and all those imprisoned be released immediately.

We are asking you to add your voice to ours and other human rights groups to ensure compliance with the demands of the victims’ families, the release of all protesters, and to demand an open and thorough investigation in the massacre, through participation of international observers.


Your Name

Others to be contacted:

The Honorable Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

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