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BY ADNAN S. KHAN

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO

 



“Out of control” is how a leading human rights organization is describing post-Gaddafi Libya. CNN reports.


“An Amnesty International report says some of the Libyan militias that helped toppled former Moammar Gaddafi are now quote ‘out of control,’ engaging in torture and abuse of prisoners.”



Amnesty International says most of the violence is being carried out against alleged former Gaddafi loyalists. But the report says African migrants and refugees are also being targeted. One of the report’s co-authors tells euronews,


“The problem is that these militias are defective about the laws. They are not being held accountable for what they are doing and the authority is not there to do so.”


That authority lies in the hands of the National Transitional Council — or NTC — but The New York Times says the council has no muscle to enforce any sort of law.


“…the powerlessness of the government is such that the national army is treated like just another armed group. As a result, Libya’s leaders have been unable to rein in the large number of lawless militias with regional or tribal allegiances who fight one another with disturbing frequency.”


According to The Tripoli Post some consider Amnesty’s report to be exaggerated, but Al Jazeera says there is some credence to it.


“Since the war’s end with the capture and killing of Gaddafi last October, the NTC has struggled to extend its control over the vast desert nation. It has largely failed to rein in the hundreds of brigades that fought in the war, many of which now run their own detention centres for those accused of links to Gaddafi's regime.”


At the end of the report Amnesty International listed a number of recommendations, saying if the country doesn’t act, it risks another civil war.


“In a period of transition, it is imperative that the authorities firmly demonstrate their commitment to turning the page on decades of gross and widespread violations in Libya.”



Click here for link to the report.

 

 

Amnesty International Report Shows Rampant Torture in Libya

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Feb 17, 2012

Amnesty International Report Shows Rampant Torture in Libya

(Image Source: CNN)

 

BY ADNAN S. KHAN

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO

 



“Out of control” is how a leading human rights organization is describing post-Gaddafi Libya. CNN reports.


“An Amnesty International report says some of the Libyan militias that helped toppled former Moammar Gaddafi are now quote ‘out of control,’ engaging in torture and abuse of prisoners.”



Amnesty International says most of the violence is being carried out against alleged former Gaddafi loyalists. But the report says African migrants and refugees are also being targeted. One of the report’s co-authors tells euronews,


“The problem is that these militias are defective about the laws. They are not being held accountable for what they are doing and the authority is not there to do so.”


That authority lies in the hands of the National Transitional Council — or NTC — but The New York Times says the council has no muscle to enforce any sort of law.


“…the powerlessness of the government is such that the national army is treated like just another armed group. As a result, Libya’s leaders have been unable to rein in the large number of lawless militias with regional or tribal allegiances who fight one another with disturbing frequency.”


According to The Tripoli Post some consider Amnesty’s report to be exaggerated, but Al Jazeera says there is some credence to it.


“Since the war’s end with the capture and killing of Gaddafi last October, the NTC has struggled to extend its control over the vast desert nation. It has largely failed to rein in the hundreds of brigades that fought in the war, many of which now run their own detention centres for those accused of links to Gaddafi's regime.”


At the end of the report Amnesty International listed a number of recommendations, saying if the country doesn’t act, it risks another civil war.


“In a period of transition, it is imperative that the authorities firmly demonstrate their commitment to turning the page on decades of gross and widespread violations in Libya.”



Click here for link to the report.

 

 

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