Nermin Al-Sharif
This was the second attempt to murder Nermin Al-Sharif.

ITF calls for action after attempted murder of female union activist

The ITF has demanded immediate action to protect trade unionists in Libya after the attempted murder of a prominent activist.

Nermin Al-Sharif, leader of the ITF-affiliated Dockers’ and Seafarers’ Union of Libya, was driving a car near Benghazi that crashed after it was followed by two other cars and shot at. She is now out of hospital and recovering from her injuries.

The ITF has written to the Prime Minister of the interim government in Libya Abdullah al-Thinni calling for more to be done to protect trade unionists and other activists in the country.

General secretary of the ITF, Steve Cotton, urged the Libyan government to step in: “There’s been a series of attacks on brilliant and committed activists in Libya and the government cannot pretend this is not happening. This is part of a campaign to silence democratic debate by any means possible.

"The people of Libya and the union movement need people like Nermin Al-Sharif, and we wish her a speedy recovery.”

It is the second attempt on Nermin Al-Sharif’s life and follows the murder of three other well-known female activists in Libya.

Human rights lawyer Salwa Bugaighis, politician Fariha Al-Berkawi and human rights activist Initissar al-Hasaari have been assassinated in the last 16 months.

Nermin Al-Sharif was one of those who lodged the successful International Labour Organization (ILO) complaint about the use of forced labour in Qatar.

She has been active in the ITF for many years. You can see her talking at a rally at the ITF women’s conference in India in 2014 here.

You can sign a petition calling on Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to protect trade unionists and human rights activists here.

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Monique Verbeeck

250 Days Ago
I condem this horrific 2nd attack on the life of our sister Nermin and hope she will get well soon. As general secretary of the Lybian Dockers' and Seafarers' union she is fighting every day for human, union and women rights in her country putting her life at risk ! RESPECT & SOLIDARITY Nermin and all the others who are trying to make this world a better place - Union rights are human rights - sign the petition on labour start !
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Alexandre Roig

254 Days Ago
Please protect women's rights and labour rights because tjey are Human Rights
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Joshua Soka Wilson

258 Days Ago
You will not take away Sis. Al-Sharif from the ITF and the Trade Union movement. The young works wish you speedy recovery and God's protection upon you and family.
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Joshua Solar Wilson

258 Days Ago
Injury to one is injury to all, you have injured more than 5000 young transport workers in Africa! How can you explain this to the international community? we will not tolerate this barbarous act. On behalf of all young transport workers in the United Seaman, Ports and General Workers' Union of Liberia, and Africa we call on the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators to justice. "TRADE UNION RIGHTS IS HUMAN RIGHTS"
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pradip patra

258 Days Ago
we should shout aloud as a mass protest against this barbarous activity.
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Anjan Mukherjee

258 Days Ago
We will not tolerate this barbarious act. This dastardly act is condemnable and the perpetrators must be punished.
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Anna Lee Tuvera

259 Days Ago
We will not rest, we will not stop fighting for women everywhere even if we have to fight forever!
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Hemant

259 Days Ago
I condemned the act of attpted murder to control her union activities.
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Kona Vishnu

259 Days Ago
We can simply describe this as a most Cowardly act by those who can NEVER expect to win against the most powerful woman voice in Libya. The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) condemns this dastardly act in unequivocal terms on behalf of 13 lakh workers on Indian Railways. The International Community must condemn this and bring the perpetrators of violence to book to avoid recurrence of such acts in future. We pray for the speedy recovery of Sister Nermin Al-Sharif. We shall also condemn as a part of UN day for the elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November 2015.
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Diana Holland

259 Days Ago
One of the most powerful and effective trade unionists I have ever heard speak. Please support her and others, and please sign the petition. Diana Holland Chair ITF Women Transport Workers Committee
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