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Libya immigrants imprisoned, tortured

2011-09-14 16:15

Bamako - A rights group on Wednesday accused Libya's new authorities of jailing and torturing some 300 foreigners, mostly Tuaregs from Mali and Niger, suspected of being backers of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"What is happening in Libya is very serious. Foreigners, essentially Tuaregs from Mali and Niger, are being jailed and tortured," said Ousmane Ag Ahmed of Defense of foreigners in Libya, a non-governmental organisation.

The group, based in the northern Malian town of Kidal and in the northern Niger town of Agadez, was set up by nationals from both countries after the start of the anti-Gaddafi revolt in Libya last February.

Ahmed said these foreigners, numbering about 300, were merely suspected of being backers of Gaddafi, whose regime was toppled in August.

Mali and Niger were among the countries that benefited the most from Gaddafi's generosity.

"Tuaregs are being tortured, hunted in the streets," said the NGO, citing the case of six reported missing and rumoured to have been killed and buried in a mass grave, according to testimony gathered in Libya.

The NGO said it had asked the governments of Mali and Niger to help secure the release of their nationals.

Security sources in the region have meanwhile raised fears over the return of many armed Tuaregs who fought for Gaddafi, and the risk of destabilisation in a region already plagued by al-Qaeda-linked extremism and drug trafficking.

Comments
  • Valis - 2011-09-14 16:50

    So where are the comments now from the pro-terrorists, sorry, "pro-rebels"? (sig, Johand) Deathly silence...

      letsee - 2011-09-14 16:56

      You are right and pro-rebels can't be a blank cheque given to the rebels.

      marco - 2011-09-14 20:23

      @Valis Slg has no intelligence and common sense whatsoever.He/she usually makes wild impossible statements to make himself/herself seem smarter.CRAZY PILLS Slg is masturbating behind the closet.He/she like the dogs here in my neighborhood,drinks water out of toilet bowl the way he/she expresses him/herself. Also did you notice Vallis that Slg never post a reply to Anton and crackerr and elsewhere to Johan.Then again you never know there is always the first time for everthing.

      Anton - 2011-09-14 20:36

      Marco, Please listen to me, I am your friend, I want to help you, you have lost your mind, please , please go and get some help, ( I realized with gaddafi hiding in a hole, some would take it bad, but this is serious )

      slg - 2011-09-15 01:07

      Please see below. Thank you. Yours sincerely, and kind regards.

      Barry - 2012-01-18 18:25

      This country was way better of with their African hero dictator Gaddafi. It is not only Libya that is suffering. Nato also destabilized the surrounding countries as well. Makes no sense.

  • Stinkhout - 2011-09-14 16:51

    Prezz will not be rushing back there then.

  • letsee - 2011-09-14 16:55

    Not acceptable. But then they have the same blood and what Gaddafi did wrong can be repeated by the same blood.

  • aman - 2011-09-14 17:07

    I'm definitely not pro Gaddafi but this kind of thing cannot be condoned. As with is so often the case, sometimes one tyrant is replaced by another. I certainly hope that is not the case here.

      slg - 2011-09-14 18:02

      It's unlikely. The probable future here is a new constitution, independent judiciary and a bill of rights. Plus Libya has all that wealth and a small population, which should move the country in a different direction that South Africa in regard to poverty, retribution, etc.

      marco - 2011-09-14 20:20

      Slg has no intelligence and common sense whatsoever.He/she usually makes wild impossible statements to make himself/herself seem smarter.CRAZY PILLS Slg is masturbating behind the closet.He/she like the dogs here in my neighborhood,drinks water out of toilet bowl the way he/she expresses him/herself.

      slg - 2011-09-15 01:03

      I love my closet. It's so nice. It's Chinese.

  • slg - 2011-09-14 17:12

    As with all human rights abuses, those perpetrating them must be held accountable.

      marco - 2011-09-14 20:20

      Slg has no intelligence and common sense whatsoever.He/she usually makes wild impossible statements to make himself/herself seem smarter.CRAZY PILLS Slg is masturbating behind the closet.He/she like the dogs here in my neighborhood,drinks water out of toilet bowl the way he/she expresses him/herself.

      slg - 2011-09-15 01:05

      Wild thing, yeah, you make my heart sing.

  • crackerr - 2011-09-14 17:12

    The international community has a duty to act against the new thugs. The pressure will build up for such action. Unfortunately too slowly. Religious fanatics have no more right to domination over others than the Gaddafi type of maniacs. Nato and the US now have a clear responsibility to put a stop to atrocities by the victors. They must start exercising that responsibility NOW. The AU must also NOW demand that it stops. If needs be, another round of bombing by Nato but this time on the rebels will also do the trick if the latter refuse to behave according to the expectations we thought were behind the Nato actions when Gaddafi started his extermination plans. Nato and the free, democratic world must not make the mistake of just leaving the Libyan situation to Libyans. Certain values were supposed when the actions against Gaddafi and company commenced. Those values must persist. The freedom from suppression of the average Libyan is at stake. Surely that is what the billions of tax money by Nato and the US was used for. Or was there a totally different agenda? Come on, President of the US, we need a positive response. Or was all the effort senseless and futile?

  • Anton - 2011-09-14 19:10

    Valis, Valis, I don't think that there are any pro-Libya supporters (your pro-terrorists, your pro-Rebels) who condone any kind of torturing. And surely any perpetrator of these crimes should be brought to justice. But I am a bit sceptical of the above report. We have UN Human Rights Watch and NGO's like Amnesty International, now on the ground in Libya. And here we have an unknown NGO, called "Defense of Foreigners" based in Niger, one of the countries who benefited most of gaddafi's rule, and than they are based in Agadez....!!!!! This group of cowards that crossed the border like rats last week, they also went to Agadez. Must be a safe place !!! just a thought!!

  • marco - 2011-09-14 20:06

    Libya:The Settling Of Scores between pro-Gaddafi forces and the Rebels. The crimes of the Gaddafi dictatorship are legion and well documented by Western journalist,the brutality of the anti-Gaddafi forces this year less so,up until now. Amnesty International has published a 107 page report "The Battle For Libya" which accuses both sides of war crimes.The report notes that by far the majority of atrocities were carried out by the Gaddafi side but also catalogues those committed by the Rebels and warns that these are continuing.In June news reports were warning that a degree of "pay back" was inevitable,and Amnesty suggested it was widespread but notes that the National Transitional Council(NTC)has made strenuous verbal efforts to try and curb it. Amnesty International says there has been lynching of Gaddafi soldiers after capture and that dozens of people accused of being part of the regime have been murdered.These crimes happened after the capture of territory in Eastern Libya and are thought to still be occurring now in the West.It is,in the words of the report a "brutal settling of scores" by anti-Gaddafi forces. In Tripoli it is believed that hundreds of people have been taken from their homes or work places.Many have been beaten with sticks and rifles while bound and blindfolded,in some cases,says Amnesty,they were shot. The campaign of violence against black Africans continues.Of the estimated thousands of people rounded up Amnesty estimates up to half

      slg - 2011-09-15 01:04

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • marco - 2011-09-14 20:06

    are foreigners and most of those are black Africans. It accuses the NTC of not doing enough to correct false assumptions that the black African workers in Libya are mercenaries.The NTC has consistently sent messages to its forces ordering them to obey and respect international law and refrain from reprisals.The problem though is not only that some atrocities were inevitable,but that the NTC doesn't control the Rebel fighters.For example,prison officials told Amnesty International that they report to the local military councils only and not to the Ministry of Justice.There is clearly no unified command of the rebel forces now is it,the Misrata fighters will only take orders from Misrata,Tripoli fighters from Tripoli etc,etc. Load of bull**** going on there in Libya where the NTC gets recognition in France by NATO and 30 other nations,but gets ****all recognition in their own country Libya.How about that?

      slg - 2011-09-15 01:04

      Humph, zzzzzzzzzz, hurrumph, zzzzzzzzz

  • Law01 - 2011-09-14 22:43

    Yet another step towards World domination by The Zionists (USA/Israel) We (RSA) are definately somewhere along the Line to get Hit!!! Let us do something about it, boycott the Western Run mainstream media. Something to Ponder about: All the french Presidential candidates are jewish, N Sarkhouzy was born jewish and yet Jews are perhaps 2% of the population??? What are the Odds of that??? many Many jews are peace Loving People and resent Zionism which is the root cause of all the conflicts we see in the Middle east & many other parts of the world.

      slg - 2011-09-15 01:06

      Let's not. It would be dumb and retarded.

      Ingwe - 2011-09-15 08:19

      @ Law01 "Let us do something about it, boycott the Western Run mainstream media" Does that mean you will not be posting anymore comments on News24, Happy Days

      Zee - 2011-09-15 16:50

      http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/peter-oborne-james-jones/pro-israel-lobby-in-britain-full-text

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