Whitson: Libya’s stand against oppresion is “awe-inspiring”

LA TimesSarah Leah Whitson, director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch writes about her visits to Libya.

Visiting in 2009, Whitson spoke to a young man who had endured arrests, torture and beatings together with his brother when security forces found out they had planned a demonstration in Tripoli’s central square.

She writes: “I asked him why he risked so much to organize at best 100 demonstrators who would probably be crushed within an hour of assembling.” “It could be like the time the Americans landed on the moon,” he replied, “a small step for us but a big step for Libya.”

“This week, Libyans had their moon landing. We owe it to them to help ensure that their journey has not been in vain.”

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