EU diplomatic missions in Libya are calling for the release of Silham Sergiwa, a member of parliament serving in the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, and a known women's rights activist. Sergiwa disappeared from her Benghazi home on July 17, after it was raided by militants. Relatives think she may have been kidnapped after offering a "critical interview" on a pro Haftar television station. In the interview, Sergiwa offered a cloaked criticism of Haftar and the LNA's offensive on Tripoli, calling for "an end to the bloodshed".
The statement put out by the EU representatives in Libya included Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK, and called on "relevant authorities to conduct urgent investigations into her disappearance, and provide an update on her whereabouts". The signatories further cautioned against human rights violations, whose perpetrators "will be held accountable". The UN has also called for an investigation into Sergiwa's disappearance.
Al Jazeera, reporting on the incident, noted that "there have been a lot of attacks on politicians and political activists, including opponents of the operation led by...Haftar".