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Libya: Reports on torture and ill-treatment of detainees

last updated Feb 08, 2012

There are continuous reports from Libyia about torture and ill-treatment of supporters of the former Libyan leader, Col Gaddafi. The BBC has received allegations from inmates at a jail in Misrata that they were beaten, whipped and given electric shocks. On 25 January, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) pulled its staff out of detention facilities in Misrata after having witnessed more than 100 cases of torture against inmates. Recently, Human Rights Watch reported that the former Libyan diplomat Omar Brebesh has died under torture after his arrest on 19 January. The UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, Navy Pillay has called on Libya's transitional government to take full control of all prisons.

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BBC: Libyan diplomat Omar Brebesh dies 'under torture'

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The Telegraph: MSF withdraws staff over Libya torture cases