Family of photojournalist murdered in Libya call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to act in his case
Ten years on, a call for justice for the murder of photojournalist Anton Hammerl #JusticeforAnton.
London – Geneva: The widow of photojournalist Anton Hammerl, Penny Sukhraj-Hammerl, is appealing to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to act to secure justice for his murder in Libya in 2011, after a decade with no action, no answers, and no accountability for his death.
She is represented by an international counsel team from Doughty Street Chambers, Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Tatyana Eatwell and Catherine Meredith.
Penny Sukhraj-Hammerl is supported in her campaign by leading media organisations, unions and NGOs, including the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, Justice for Journalists Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the James W Foley Legacy Foundation, Reporters without Borders (RSF), the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) and the Redress Trust.
To coincide with the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, representatives from the International Federation of Journalists and South African National Editors’ Forum will join a virtual ‘side event’ later today, 15.00 – 16.00 CET/ SAST (14.00 – 15.00 BST), to raise awareness of Anton’s case and continuing impunity for crimes against journalists in Libya. The full line-up is:
Chair: Jeremy Dear, Deputy General Secretary, International Federation of Journalists
Penny Sukhraj-Hammerl, widow of Anton Hammerl and journalist
Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East Editor
Sbu Ngalwa, Chair, South African National Editors’ Forum
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Doughty Street Chambers, legal counsel for Penny Sukhraj-Hammerl
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Director, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Member, High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom
Coverage of the case and more background is available: