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Black Libyans torture probe call

2012-04-19 19:56

Tripoli - Libya's interim government must probe the torture of members of a dark-skinned community imprisoned by militias in the city of Misrata, a rights group said on Thursday, reporting a new death.

The ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) "must act immediately to investigate and prosecute abuses against the Tawarga community of black Libyans," said Amnesty International.

"Another Tawarga man was tortured to death in a Misrata detention centre," it said, adding that he died in the custody of Misrata's security committee which was created by the city's elected local council.

The watchdog said it has documented more than a dozen deaths in custody at the hands of armed militias since September 2011 and widespread torture of those suspected of backing slain leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"A high proportion of the victims were Tawargas," it added.

Members of the dark-skinned Tawarga community are accused of standing by Gaddafi and committing crimes during the siege and shelling of the city of Misrata last year.

They are now a focal point of revenge attacks, rights groups report.

In August, militias from Misrata drove out the entire population of neighbouring Tawarga, a town of 30 000 people, looting and burning down their homes, Amnesty recalled.

Tawargans hunted down

"Since then, armed militias from Misrata have been hunting down Tawargans across Libya, snatching Tawarga men from camps for displaced people, homes, checkpoints and even hospitals," the group said.

"Those abducted are brought back to detention centres in Misrata where they are routinely tortured, in some cases to death," it added.

Amnesty said it had documented two fresh arrests this week and that hundreds of Tawargas are believed to be detained by militias in Misrata.

"It is imperative that the NTC now reins in these militias, investigates all abuses and prosecutes those responsible," said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa deputy director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

On Wednesday, International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said that he would visit Misrata to carry out investigations there.

New-York based Human Rights Watch on April 8 warned Misrata's leaders that they could be held legally accountable by the ICC for crimes committed by militias under their command.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-19 20:43

    This is the result of 41 years of TYRANNY, by a MASS MURDERER, PROSTITUTE, PSHYCHOPATH AND KING OF AFRICA!!!

      sparafini1 - 2012-04-20 10:16

      King gaddafi wasnt wrng to de africans and to de libyans he wasnt recial at all.this western powers thy brng conflict to our rich oil country

      sparafini1 - 2012-04-20 10:16

      King gaddafi wasnt wrng to de africans and to de libyans he wasnt recial at all.this western powers thy brng conflict to our rich oil country

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 11:20

      Sparafina1, You must have been sleeping when the Libyans were dancing in the streets of Libya, when they saw king psychopath hitching a lift on the back of a bakkie !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 11:20

      Sparafina1, You must have been sleeping when the Libyans were dancing in the streets of Libya, when they saw king psychopath hitching a lift on the back of a bakkie !!!!

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 23:08

    Anthony you are pathetic really. Did nato not back this new regime with arms and air support? Was it not in the name of democracy. I don't see any democracy here mate all NATO have done is bomb Libya back to the stone ages and plunged a country into chaos. I wonder if we will here Obama and his henchman condemning these atrocities? Me thinks not!! This goes to show Western foreign policy clearly does not work but they keep on doing it. Mmmm let me see. Perhaps they have a hidden agenda?? Never it can't be anyone who thinks that must be crazy.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 04:52

      Dylan, All you do in your comments is spew out personal insults and want to tell everyone willing to read your comments , how much you hate America and Europe. Why bother ?? You are just repeating Fidel and Parick. It is soooooooo booooring, the same old stuff, day in, day out !! And the main 'trick' the three of you have, is to CONFUSE. WHAT is so odd, strange, difficult to understand, of a people wanting certain 'freedoms' , like being able to choose their leaders, being able to read what they want, to talk, without wispering, to associate with whomever they wish, to live without constant fear of being arrested, beaten up or killed by security forces that are there to protect a dictator. You make of a simple issue, something complicated, the reason being that it is doubtful you care one bit about the Syrians or Libyans, or who ever, as long as you can spew your anti Western thoughts. The biggest crime one can commit, is to deny others what you have !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 04:52

      Dylan, All you do in your comments is spew out personal insults and want to tell everyone willing to read your comments , how much you hate America and Europe. Why bother ?? You are just repeating Fidel and Parick. It is soooooooo booooring, the same old stuff, day in, day out !! And the main 'trick' the three of you have, is to CONFUSE. WHAT is so odd, strange, difficult to understand, of a people wanting certain 'freedoms' , like being able to choose their leaders, being able to read what they want, to talk, without wispering, to associate with whomever they wish, to live without constant fear of being arrested, beaten up or killed by security forces that are there to protect a dictator. You make of a simple issue, something complicated, the reason being that it is doubtful you care one bit about the Syrians or Libyans, or who ever, as long as you can spew your anti Western thoughts. The biggest crime one can commit, is to deny others what you have !!

      Sibusiso - 2012-04-20 07:42

      Anthony u sound like a Libyan,you really know what is in the hearts of Libyans , when did you leave Libya ?

      Sibusiso - 2012-04-20 07:42

      Anthony u sound like a Libyan,you really know what is in the hearts of Libyans , when did you leave Libya ?

  • Sibusiso - 2012-04-20 07:36

    Antonyfromafrica, so the killings of the farmers in S.A by blacks are called for and we should understand that the criminals are doing it because of apartheid ? Freedom fighters should not be racist, I think these rebels are criminals, not innocent victims as they were portrait by the media

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 08:51

      No, although traveled in 26 countries in Africa, never been to Libya. But people the world over are not that much different, so it is not difficult to understand the Libyans, or Syrians, or whatever nation. The key is to know the difference between right and wrong !!! People wanting a say, who and in which manor they are governed===Right Dictators/Tyrants terrorizing ,their, people===Wrong ITS SIMPLE AS THAT !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 08:51

      No, although traveled in 26 countries in Africa, never been to Libya. But people the world over are not that much different, so it is not difficult to understand the Libyans, or Syrians, or whatever nation. The key is to know the difference between right and wrong !!! People wanting a say, who and in which manor they are governed===Right Dictators/Tyrants terrorizing ,their, people===Wrong ITS SIMPLE AS THAT !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 09:00

      Sibusiso, Your second comment is absurd. NO crime is 'called for' Unfortunately in any uprising , one has criminals infiltrating protesters. The ones responsible for crimes should be arrested and brought to justice. And do I believe the crime level in SA, has a direct link to 4 decades of Apartheid? You bet I do !!!!!!! And to say that the Libyan opposition ( aka rebels ) were all criminals, is as INSANE than to say all black people are criminals, or for that matter, all white people are criminals. It is dumb and stupid, unintelligent !!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 09:00

      Sibusiso, Your second comment is absurd. NO crime is 'called for' Unfortunately in any uprising , one has criminals infiltrating protesters. The ones responsible for crimes should be arrested and brought to justice. And do I believe the crime level in SA, has a direct link to 4 decades of Apartheid? You bet I do !!!!!!! And to say that the Libyan opposition ( aka rebels ) were all criminals, is as INSANE than to say all black people are criminals, or for that matter, all white people are criminals. It is dumb and stupid, unintelligent !!!!!!

      sparafini1 - 2012-04-20 10:19

      We are buzy fytn each other wail americans bzyy pumping our oil

      sparafini1 - 2012-04-20 10:19

      We are buzy fytn each other wail americans bzyy pumping our oil

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 11:27

      American companies might pump and refine Libyan oil, on a contract basis, but no Libyan oil goes to the USA. Most Libyan oil end up in China !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 11:27

      American companies might pump and refine Libyan oil, on a contract basis, but no Libyan oil goes to the USA. Most Libyan oil end up in China !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 18:21

      Great ! You let go of some of your anti American steam. Happy now ? The pumping and refining of oil is a very complicated buiness, only few companies in te world have got that expertise. But at least the Americans give employment to locals, Whatever the Chinese do, they ALWAYS employ only Chinese, they somehow must think that Africans are dumb and stupid ! Disgusting !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 18:21

      Great ! You let go of some of your anti American steam. Happy now ? The pumping and refining of oil is a very complicated buiness, only few companies in te world have got that expertise. But at least the Americans give employment to locals, Whatever the Chinese do, they ALWAYS employ only Chinese, they somehow must think that Africans are dumb and stupid ! Disgusting !!!!

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