The Delegation of the European Union issues the following statement together with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States in Libya:
We strongly condemn the heinous killing of Ms. Hanan al-Barasi, a prominent Libyan lawyer and activist, in Benghazi yesterday. We call on the Libyan authorities to urgently launch a credible investigation into this killing and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Activists, lawyers and members of civil society are being targeted to silence the independent voices in Libya. The continued committing of murders, kidnappings and other criminal acts threaten the peace process and undermine the many efforts for stability and justice in Libya.
The EU supports and stands with the immense majority of Libyans who reject violence and terrorism, oppose human rights abuses and violations, want an inclusion and participation of women and come together in peaceful and patriotic dialogue.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Ms al-Barasi.