Journalist Al-Mansouri's Health At Risk|
August 11, 2005
Re: Journalist Al-Mansouri’s health at risk
Dear Human Rights activists:
On January 12, 2005, security agents of the Gadhafi regime arrested Abdelrazig Al Mansouri at his home in Tobruk and put him in prison, where his whereabouts were unknown even to close family members. All attempts to enquire about his location or condition were rebuffed; and those making enquiries, were threatened and cautioned against asking such questions in the future. It was several months after his arrest before any person was permitted to visit him in the notorious Abuslim prison on the outskirts of Tripoli. Abdelrazig’s crime was his complaint about lack of free press and the regime’s harsh measures in suppressing other views.
Because of the crowded conditions in Libyan jails, prisoners are forced to sleep in stacked beds. Abdelrazig was asleep on one of those upper-level beds when he supposed fell; the height of his bed combined with the bare cement floor, resulted in severe fractures to his pelvis. Abdelrazig did not receive medical attention until 8 hours after his fall. The prison conditions and the lack of medical care in the facility have complicated his fractures, which could pose a serious threat to his life.
We have received several appeals for help from his friends and supporters, and we ask you to do what is humanly possible to assist and to bring this case to the attention of the international community, particularly to human rights groups. It is our hope that the authorities in Libya would heed our collective desire for Abdelrazig to receive medical attention, and to be released from prison, particularly in the absence of any criminal charges.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Chairman, American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA)