By Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Libya Researcher
Two years ago, when Asma Sariba wrote articles for Libyan opposition websites based abroad, she put herself and her family at great risk.
Back then, she did not shy away from using her real name, even posting her picture.
Today, she is one of the 33 women serving on the 200-member General National Congress after Libya’s historic national elections on 7 July, which followed four decades of repression under Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi.
Asma Sariba realizes that a great deal of responsibility lies on the shoulders of the Congress, which inherited a country struggling to break the legacy of systematic human rights violations and a population severely damaged by eight months of armed conflict.
Among her top priorities are the establishment of the rule of law and the disarmament of the hundreds of armed militias that have plagued Libya since the “declaration of liberation” on 23 October last year.