New Libya ’stained’ by detainee abuse

October 12, 2011

New Libya ’stained’ by detainee abuse

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In meetings with Amnesty International in September, NTC officials acknowledged concerns over arbitrary detention and ill-treatment, and vowed to do more to get a grip on armed militias and ensure that all those detained enjoy equal protection of the law.

“The NTC has to act urgently to translate their public commitments into action, before such abuses become entrenched and stain the new Libya’s human rights record,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

"These detainees have in most cases been arrested without a warrant, beaten - and sometimes worse - on arrest and arrival in detention. They are vulnerable to abuse by armed militias who often act on their own initiative."
"The authorities cannot simply allow this to carry on because they are in a 'transitional' phase. These people must be allowed to defend themselves properly or be released."

Libyan NTC pledges to investigate rights violations (News, 14 September 2011)
Libya: NTC must take control to prevent spiral of abuses  (Report, 13 September 2011)
Tawarghas must be protected from reprisals and arbitrary arrest in Libya (News 7 September 2011)
Both sides in Libya conflict must protect detainees from torture (News, 25 August 2011)
Demanding Change in the Middle East and North Africa (multimedia microsite)