UN condemns Libya, detention center torture practices

Published October 1st, 2013 - 04:08 GMT
8,000 conflicted-related detainees are being held in detention facilities without rights to due process (Courtesy of Al-Arabiya)
8,000 conflicted-related detainees are being held in detention facilities without rights to due process (Courtesy of Al-Arabiya)

The UN released a report Tuesday condemning torture in Libya's detention centers, according to AFP sources. The report describes torture practices in the centers as "widespread" and calls for Tripoli to bring the facilities under full state control.


The authors of the report visited over 30 centers within a two-year time period and reported 27 cases of death in custody since the 2011 revolution, with 11 of them reported to have occurred in 2013 alone. Approximately 8,000 more conflicted-related detainees are being held in the armed brigade-run facilities without rights to due process as well.


The report recommends "swift action to transfer detainees held by armed brigades to effective state control and renewed efforts to build the capacity of the criminal justice system," said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  "When detention facilities have been handed over to trained officers of the Judicial Police, there have been marked improvements in the condition and treatment of detainees."


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