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Wednesday, 23 June, 2004

A Full Eyewitness Account of the Abu Sleem Prison Massacre


Contact: Michael Goldfarb
212-514-8040 x12

Libya's Human Rights Record: Eight Years After The Abu-Sleem Massacre

Press conference to address human rights in Libya
amid Qadhafi's warming relations with the West

WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2004. On the eighth anniversary of the Abu Sleem prison massacre in Libya, Freedom House will host a press conference to discuss the country's brutal human rights record.

The press conference will take place 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 29 at Freedom House, 1319 18th St. NW, Washington, DC. The American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA) will conduct the briefing, which will feature a former Libyan political prisoner.

The anniversary of the massacre, which resulted in the murder of more than one thousand political prisoners, comes amid growing rapprochement between Libya and the West, begun in the wake of Col. Muamar Qadhafi's decision to dismantle his country's weapons of mass destruction.

Freedom House ranks Libya among the world's worst regimes. Independent political parties and civic associations are illegal; political trials are held in secret and without due process; arbitrary arrest and torture are common place; and hundreds of political prisoners remain imprisoned, off limits to human rights monitors.

For further information about the press conference, please contact Mohammed Buisier, ALFA's communications and public relations officer at 617-212-6725 or

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