On April 27th, the Official Libyan TV broadcasted a video of men loyal to Gaddafi torturing both psychologically and physically Rabia Cherir.
Rabia Cherir is a Amazigh (Berber) poet and journalist born in Zawiyah (North-Western Libya) in 1971. He is the President of the Cultural Center of Zawiyah. As a man attached to freedom and justice, he was amongst the first to claim his endorsement to the protests asking to the Colonel Mu'ammar Gaddafi to put an end to his 42 years of authoritatian an violent regime. The Amazigh (Berber) communities of Libya were always under severe oppression under Gaddafi power, isolated and deprived of the basic rights such as speaking their language.
The video of the torture of Rabia Cherir is the last information we have about him. Since then, we are left with no news from him. We learnt that his brother Hadi Cherir was recently killed by the Gaddafi forces in the besieged city of Zawiyah. His friends and the team of Egyptian journalists of youm7.com were the first to advocate his cause, in hope of enhancing a worldwide movement asking for Rabia Cherir to be freed.
Be part of the movement and ask to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to engage efforts to free Rabia Cherir.
We urge that every action be taken to secure his immediate release and ensure his safe return to his family in his home city of Az Zawiyah. We also ask that you call for a thorough investigation on conditions of his dentention and the acts of torture he was afflicted with.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.