Eman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who
claimed to have been raped by supporters of Col Muammar Gaddafi, has been
deported from Qatar to eastern Libya, UN officials say.
A spokesman for the Libyan rebels said she had arrived in the city of
Benghazi and was “welcome to stay”.
Ms Obeidi had sought refuge in Qatar after arriving there from Tunisia.
The reason for her deportation is not clear. The UN says it runs contrary to
“She is a recognised refugee and we don’t consider there is any good reason
for her deportation,” Sybella Wilkes of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told the
Human Right Watch (HRW)
also protested against the move.
“Forcibly returning a refugee who survived gang rape not only violates
international law, but is cruel and could trigger further trauma,” said HRW’s
“All eyes are now on the authorities in eastern Libya, who should allow
al-Obeidi to leave the country.”
A witness quoted by HRW said Qatari officials had taken Ms Obeidi from her
hotel room on Wednesday night and forced her and her visiting parents to board a
flight on Thursday to Benghazi.
Benghazi is the stronghold of rebel forces who are trying to oust Col
Rebel spokesman Jalal el-Gallal told AP: “She is welcome to stay, this is her
Dragged awayUS state department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington was “monitoring the
In March, Ms Obeidi rushed into Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel where foreign
correspondents are based and shouted out her story of being stopped at a
checkpoint, dragged away and gang raped by soldiers.
As reporters recorded her story, government minders grabbed her and dragged
She vanished for several days before turning up in Tunisia.
Ms Obeidi said she had escaped with the help of defecting military
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
how she obtains/loses her heart’s desire = EI = 59 = Rape. Violated. Martyr.