Faraj Alajeeli, now 49 years old, who was a senior lawyer for Libya’s official human rights watchdog is now refugee in the UK after fleeing Libya in November 2015 due to his kidnapping by the Islamist militias of Libya Dawn in Tripoli. He was abducted for 30 hours by masked men who kicked him, punched him and took turns to urinate on him in order to humiliate him.
"At this time there is no human rights in Libya at all, just killings, kidnappings, theft and unfair trials," said Mr Alajeeli in an interview in January 2016 with The Telegraph in London. "If the outside world does not support us more, Isil will be here in Europe soon. The terror attacks in Paris are proof of that."
Refugee Faraj Alajeeli in Reading town centre. Photo: Mike Swift

He worked as an investigator for the Libyan National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights which was founded in 2011 and is backed by the UK and the EU to provide the country with human rights framework. This organization has produced reports detailing the widespread abuse by militia groups that are refusing to put down their guns after the so-called 17Feb revolution.
Faraj Alajeeli in a mission to the south of Libya, January 2014

Mr Alajeeli had told his wife of nearly 20 years, Khadija, what to do in case he disappeared because he had expected such incident to happen due to the nature of his work. He gave his wife the phone number of a powerful friend to contact so he can save him. This was a former Islamist prisoner that he represented before the 17Feb uprising and who is now a very powerful militia leader in Tripoli. He interfered and they let him go. In addition, a poster of his face with a bullet was delivered to his house in Tripoli. After his wife insisted that he seek safety elsewhere, he fled Libya through Tunisia and then to the UK where he applied for asylum in the airport and waited for six months for his application to be accepted by the home office.

This shows the lack of law and order on the ground in Libya after the 17Feb uprising and the involvement of the UN-backed government militias in the abuses themselves. Up to this date, no one has been convicted for this crime although the criminals are known by the victim and are still on the run.

At this time there is no human rights in Libya at all, just killings, kidnappings, theft and unfair trials.

Faraj Alajeeli, Libyan human rights chief