Torture widespread in Libya - UN

2013-10-01 22:35

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New York - United Nations investigators say that torture is widespread in Libyan jails and have recorded 27 deaths, apparently due to torture, since late 2011.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN support mission in Libya said in a report released on Tuesday that torture "is most frequent immediately upon arrest and during the first days of interrogation as a means to extract confessions or other information."

It says that some 8 000 detainees jailed since the eight-month civil war in 2011 that toppled Muammar Gaddafi's regime are held without due process.

The report says "detainees are usually held without access to lawyers and occasional access to families, if any."

Read more on:    unhcr  |  libya  |  north africa

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