Fathi Terbi – Libya’s Suffering

The fall of dictatorship and the rise of democracy started in the Arab world in Tunisia and continuing its way all across the MENA region. Fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak have put other Arab leaders on their guards. All protests underlie the same ideas; freedom of speech, better standards of living and most importantly change. Change is hope for people, hope for a better future. Hope arrived to Libya in the form of a lawyer named Fathi Terbil.

After 15 years suppressing the massacre when Muammar Gaddafi’s regime killed 1,200 to 1,400 inmates of Abu Salim (Tripoli’s main political prison) during the summer of 1996, it refused to release the names of the people killed and return their bodies to their families. Courageously, Terbil, 39, decided to take this difficult and dangerous case by representing those families. Expectedly, he was arrested in February. That’s when judges and lawyers protested in front of Benghazi’s main courthouse till victim’s families joined them later. From that latter, the whole thing grew into a rebellion aiming to free Libya from its tyrant regime.

Fathi Terbil believes in the case he’s representing and mainly himself. His courage and longing for a better life for his country and himself started change in Libya, and hopefully for the best.

Fathi Terbi was named among 100 Most Influential People in Time magazine (May issue)

Start doing what you believe in and liberate yourself from fear and doubt!

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