AVAAZ has begun a petition to the Turkish Government appealing for the immediate releast of Eman. http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_iman_al_obeidi/?twi I URGE you to sign the AVAAZ petition as well as this one and circulate both widely.
AVAAZ is a large organization that will hopefully bring a new level awareness necessary to help Eman al-Obaidi and also draw even more attention to the plight of all political prisoners in Libya.
Eman al-Obaidi courageously pleaded for help from journalists in a Tripoli hotel on March 26, 2011 only to be tackled by Gaddafi security forces and taken away. It is believed that she is now in Tripoli under house arrest and still very much afraid for her life. She pleaded with the international community and all human rights groups to help her win her freedom. We are appealing to human rights groups and the Office of the High Commission of Human Rights at the United Nations and the Turkish Government to do whatever possible to secure her relsease and allow her safe passage to her family in Eastern of Libya. We also call on all parties to help facilitate an investigation into the charges of rape and abuse. Please help by signing the petition and sharing it widely.
We recognize that Eman is the visible face of but thousands of innocent civilians that have been forcibly kidnapped and arrested by Gaddafi, and his mercenaries. The National Transitional Council has called for immediate release of all dissappeared persons. We fully support their call and urge that all possible pressure be brought to bear on behalf of all political prisoners in Libya.
follow up story filed March 27, 2011
Statement by (Free) Libyan National Transistional Council (Interim Government) about Eman al-Oabaidi http://ntclibya.org/english/statement-regarding-eman-al-obaidi/
CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed a woman believed to be Eman al-Obaidi. The interview was aired on April 4. Eman is believed to be alive though under house arrest in Tripoli and still very afraid for her life. She says she cannot leave the house where she is staying without being harassed or picked up and re-arrested pro-Gaddafi forces. Her family has still not been able to speak to her and they do not know her whereabouts.
We urge that every action be taken to secure her immediate release and ensure her safe return to her family in the Eastern part of the country. We also ask that you call for a thorough investigation to the charges of rape and abuse.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.