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Iman al-Obeidi (also written Eman al-Obeidy; Arabic: إيمان العبيدي, born c. 1982) is a Libyan postgraduate law student. She attracted worldwide media attention on March 26, 2011, during the 2011 Libyan Civil War, when she burst into the restaurant of the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, and told the international press corps staying there that 15 of Muammar Gaddafi's government troops had detained her at a checkpoint, held her against her will for two days, beaten, and gang-raped her. [1] Her insistence on telling her story in public had the effect of challenging both the Gadaffi regime and the taboo that surrounds discussion of sexual crimes in that country.

A scuffle took place in which government security forces dragged her out of the hotel and drove her to an unknown destination, using violence against journalists who tried to help her. Government spokespersons told reporters she was drunk, mentally ill, a whore, and a thief. A Libyan state television anchor called her a whore and a traitor, and said she would be charged with slander. The Washington Post described her as a "symbol of defiance against Gaddafi."

She was released from government detention after three days, and was interviewed several times by telephone between April 3 and 5 by Libya TV—a satellite channel set up in opposition to the Libyan government—and by CNN, during which she offered graphic details of her rape and subsequent detention by government officials. As of April 5 she remained out of detention, but was being prevented from leaving Tripoli, and appeared to be under some form of house arrest.
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