Stop rights abuses, HRW tells Libya rebels

2011-09-30 22:00

Cairo - The Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Friday on Libya's rebel leaders to stop their forces from making arbitrary arrests and abusing detainees in the country's prisons and makeshift detention facilities.

The rebels' Transitional National Council (TNC), with the help of its international supporters, "urgently needs to set up a justice system able to provide prompt judicial review of all detainees, a task that has not been given sufficiently high priority", the New York-based group said in a press release.

The organisation added that its personnel had visited 20 detention facilities in Tripoli and interviewed 53 detainees.

"The detainees reported mistreatment in six facilities, including beatings and the use of electric shock, and some of them showed scars to support the claims. None had been brought before a judge," HRW added.

Since the Gaddafi government's fall in late August, local brigades, militias, and other security groups aligned with the TNC have arrested thousands of people and held them without proper legal review, according to the group.

  • slg - 2011-09-30 22:13

    Couldn't agree more. The sooner this is over, the better. Almost there.

  • Anton - 2011-09-30 23:52

    The damage that gaddafi has done to this soceity is mind bogging. Not only did he destroy all kind of democratic activity, he destroyed the judiciary. Over the past 42 years tens of thousands were just thrown in jail, usualy , their only "crime" being that they opposed this gaddafi family's reign of terror. It is going to take months, if not years, to lay a new foundation, for a just and fair soceity. But most Libyans know that this road has to be taken , and that every single day is going to be better than under the rule of these gaddafi thugs. Ironically, it was to get these anti gaddafi Libyans out of jail, that started this Libyan uprising. Now one has to see that the right people are in jail; criminals and not political opponents!!!!1

      Conrad Stampfli - 2011-10-01 11:49

      Of course there were people in jail during Gaddafi's reign - but also these people (much less in number than actually detained in jail by the rebels now) were very often arretsed or deported with the help of CIA / MI6) sere sentenced by a court have been sentecnced by a court and convicted. Most prominent case and judge at that time was the actual NTC chairman ABDUL JALIL who chaired the highest court of appeals and twice convicted the 6 Bulgarian nurses and the 1 Palestinian doctor to death for having infected 1000 Libyan children with Aids. Why the NTC should become better than before if the same people are running the show?

      Anton - 2011-10-01 14:13

      Conrad Stampfli, You are soo right about Abdul Jalil, as he is one of the 50 of the inner circle of gaddafi, being government ministers, ambassadors, high ranking military, and others who had high postions. But what is in their favor is, that when this gaddafi THUG , not only threatened to KILL ALL his opposition , but actually started to make his treats come true, THESE from his inner circle turned their back, on this CRIMINAL. No one said this transition would be easy, there is a long long road ahead. Fortunately, many countries have offered the interim leadership all possible help they might need. It is soo sad that SA is standing right at the end of this que. We should have been in the forefront helping the Libyans. BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE FOLLOWING THE PRINCIPLES OF THE AFRICAN CHARTER OF THE AFRICAN UNION, WHICH MANY CURRENT AFRICAN PRESIDENTS HELPED WRITE!!!!! 2011 HAS BEEN A DISASTROUS YEAR FOR THE AU. ( IVORY COAST, FEMINE IN NORTH EAST AFRICA, LIBYA, AND OFF COURSE ALLOWING THIS THUG MUGABE TO RUN ZIMBABWE EVEN DEEPER INTO THE MUD !!!)

      slg - 2011-10-01 15:34

      Conrad, the usual obfuscation. Then why are six million Libyans and the world at large celebrating the end of the brutal dictator Gadhafi's rule?

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-10-01 00:29

    It is sad but western intervention has assured the seed for hatred has being planted, I fear this war is only at the very beginning stage. It is a war that NATO cannot keep giving support to while these crimes are being committed. I don't believe Gaddafi can or ever will rule again with the mess made. (might be wrong ? ) but I do believe the NATO rebels will be driven back to when ever they came from. While NTC are around there will be war for sure. In years to come western intervention will force Libya into 2 states. (Nobody in Libya will be 100% happy with this )UK/US Branded as the good peace makes of the world,even though they made the mess to begin with. STRANGE WORLD

      Anton - 2011-10-01 06:19

      teeheeheehee, Well, at least you seem to accept that your tyrant, is not coming back. That is a great step forward!! And re Libya's future; There were soo many who said that we in SA would NEVER live together in peace. Too many nations, too many cultures, too many languages, too much this, too little that. And SA history would never allow this. Etc, etc, etc. Well, how wrong they were!!!!! We have now been told for 6 months, what a fantasic education system gaddafi had for the Libyans, and how many , are highly educated. Great!! This will than make it a lot easier , to find solutions. At the moment, the debate is wide open, and who knows, maybe it will be a 2 state solution. But for sure, there is not going to be a king, and Libya will NEVER again be ruled by ONE FAMILY. Leave it to the Libyans, they will shape their own future, and if they would end up with a government the majority does not like, be assured, they are not going to wait 42 years this time, to have it changed!!!

      Barr. Fazal KUILA - 2011-10-01 08:09

      @Anton - You're completely hippo-crate, what is actually going on in your stupid head? You're here to defend these evil rebels whatever discover wrongly against them. What kind of person are you? You always twisted any wrongdoing on their favour, who are you and what do you want on this forum? Don't you have any job to do?

      Anton - 2011-10-01 09:52

      Barr.Fazal KUILA, Never said , nor suggested that any criminal activity by ANYONE, should be tolerated. Off course they must be arrested and brought to court, and if found guilty, than punished. But what I pointed out, is the enormous difficulty this new Interim leadership has. Your friend, this criminal gaddafi, and his rotten sons, destroyed EVERYTHING related to the normal functioning of a soceity. The only way a dictatorship can work, is to have the security forces and the judiciary work EXCLUSIVELY for the ones in power. Any deviation of this by the security forces and the judiciary, would threaten such dictatorship. Anyhow, you did not let down your radical buddies, and did not forget to put a personal insult in your comment. WELL DONE !!!

      slg - 2011-10-01 15:37

      Such stubbornness. It's been pointed out to you again and again that virtually the entire world is behind Nato's intervention in Libya, the Arab League actually initiated and requested Nato's intervention, and Nato's second largest member is Turkey, a country of 83 million Muslims. So where's the "western intervention? Only in your victim mind.

      slg - 2011-10-01 15:39

      Barr, virtually the entire world is behind "the evil Rebels". Are they all wrong and hypocritical too? Or is it you who has got it wrong?

  • khoi007 - 2011-10-01 13:16

    i wonder will they now also be charged for crimes against humanity or does that only count for pro gaddafi forces?

      slg - 2011-10-01 15:40

      Poor me, everyone is against me. While actually it is me and the leaders I'm supporting who are doing the victimizing and brutalizing.

  • Libya S.O.S. - 2011-10-02 14:43

    Mass killing and humanitarian disaster in NATO siege of Sirte - The aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF—Doctors Without Borders) reported Wednesday that it had been in touch with doctors at the main hospital in Sirte, who were facing an increasingly impossible situation. *** but they will not send any help as the MSF are only helping the REBELS - -btw Where is Soros?

      Anton - 2011-10-02 19:27

      "Old Libya Supporter" You must be getting extremely desperate now also to attack Medicins sans Frontieres. Few aid organisations have done such incredible work in Africa, including here in SA SHAME ON YOU!!!

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