Industry: Culture and society
Eman Obeidy rose to international fame after bursting into Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel on March 26 last year to tell international reporters that she had been beaten and raped by fifteen men after being seized at a checkpoint east of Tripoli. Her public statement challenged both the Gaddafi government and the taboo against discussing sex crimes in Libya. After being dragged away from the hotel, she was released and fled to Tunisia. Obeidy was granted asylum in the US via the help of Hillary Clinton last June.