Qatar Deports Alleged Libyan Rape Victim
Al-Obeidy said officials in the Transitional National Council had pressured Qatar to deport her, according to CNN. She also said Qatari officials had beaten, handcuffed and forced her onto a Qatari military plane.
U.S.-based Libyan opposition activist Nasha Dawaji told CNN that al-Obeidy had arrived in Benghazi with signs of physical abuse.
"Al-Obeidy had a black eye, like she had been punched, Dawaji said. She also had bruises on her legs and scratches on her arms," CNN’s report said.
In a written statement, the Human Rights Watch, an independent NGO, criticized Qatar’s forced return of the alleged victim.
"Forcibly returning a refugee who survived gang rape not only violates international law, but is cruel and could trigger further trauma,” said Bill Frelick, refugee program director at Human Rights Watch. "All eyes are now on the authorities in eastern Libya, who should allow al-‘Obeidy to leave the country."
In March Al-Obeidy attempted to tell foreign journalists staying at a Tripoli hotel that she had been beaten and raped for two days. Libyan officials and state-run television attempted to discredit al-Obeidy by suggesting that she was a prostitute, drunk, and mentally unstable.
Correction: The article has been corrected to reflect that Human Rights Watch is an independent, non-government organization and not part of the United Nations.