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Hassan al-Amin: I fled Libya twice

Libyan dissident Hassan al-Amin tells Matthew Bannister why he has been unable to fight human rights abuses from inside the country.

Hassan al-Amin was an outspoken critic of Colonel Gaddaffi's regime in Libya. He first fled from the country in 1983 after being arrested and beaten. He settled in the UK and set up a website called Libya Al Mostakbal or Libya The Future. When the regime fell in 2011 Hassan returned to Libya. He was elected to the newly-established Congress and appointed head of its Human Rights Committee, but earlier this year Hassan was forced to leave Libya for a second time. His work has just been recognised by an award for extraordinary activism from the campaign group Human Rights Watch.

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Picture: Hassan al-Amin

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