UN report reveals torture in Libyan prisons

A report by the United Nations has documented cases of torture in Libyan prisons and described it as a ‘widespread’ practice.

UN report reveals torture in Libyan prisons

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN has released a report into cases of torture in Libyan jails, and has stated that it is most likely to occur ‘immediately after arrest and during the first days of interrogation’ and is being used ‘as a means to extract confessions or other information.’

The vast majority of the estimated 8000 people still being held since the toppling of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are said to have been denied their procedural rights. 27 deaths of suspects in custody have been documented, with 11 of them happening in 2013 alone.

Despite praising the Libyan authorities for being ‘committed t the highest level to ending torture,’ it places the blame for these statistics on ‘armed brigades’ holding suspects in prolonged detention.

The UN is encouraging these armed groups to hand detainees over to the state. The Libyan government has struggled to control armed groups since the 2011 revolts brought down the previous Gaddafi led administration.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ekim 2013, 15:07