Fathi Eljahmi - Wikipedia
) (4 April 1941 – 21 May 2009) was
's "most prominent democratic
for three decades up until his death,
and received significant international attention.
April 4, 1941
May 21, 2009 (aged 68)
He was arrested in October 2002 and sentenced to five years in prison for stating at a 'People's Conference' in
that reform in Libya would require a
He was briefly released in March 2004 after U.S. Senator
and then re-imprisoned
after calling for
of Libya in a television interview.
In early 2004 he, his wife, and his eldest son were taken into custody.
The Libyan government claimed that Eljahmi was put on trial in late 2005, accused of the capital charges of "trying to overthrow the government, insulting Col. Gaddafi and contacting foreign authorities, after he talked to a US diplomat."
Physicians for Human Rights
reported at the time that he was receiving inadequate care for
During her visit to Libya, the
United States Secretary of State
pleaded for Eljahmi's release from
Eljahmi remained imprisoned.
in 2009, Fathi's brother Mohamed criticised the lack of support that Eljahmi had received from
organisations, stating that "for nearly a year, both
Human Rights Watch
hesitated to advocate publicly for Fathi's case, because they feared their case workers might lose access to Libyan visas."
Eljahmi died on 21 May 2009 in
, where he had been evacuated for emergency medical treatment after falling into a
in Libyan custody.
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. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
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"Libyan Human Rights Activist Dies"
. NPR. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
Support Builds for Libyan Dissident
, by Nora Boustany, Washington Post, Nov 16, 2006
For a Critic, Libya's Nascent Openness Doesn't Apply
, by Craig S. Smith, New York Times, Dec 27, 2004
Trial fears for Libyan dissident
, BBC News, May 5, 2006
Are We Keeping Faith? Meet Fathi Eljahmi, a Libyan freedom-fighter
, by Claudia Rosett, Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2004
Dial a Dissident:Why won't Gadhafi let Fathi Eljahmi answer his phone?
, by Claudia Rosett, Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2004
Will Anyone Answer? "Tell them we are ready for democracy": a Libyan dissident's message to Washington
, by Claudia Rosett, Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2005
John Phillips (2008-09-09).
"Libya rejects US prisoner plea"
. The Independent.
"Don't Let My Brother's Death Be In Vain"
. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
Amnesty International report.
Dissident Watch: Fathi El-Jahmi
Middle East Quarterly
, meet the man Mu'ammar al-Gadhafi doesn't want anyone to meet.
Free Fathi El Jahmi Petition
permanent dead link
, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Nov 9, 2004
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