Migrants held in Libya say they were hung from trees, whipped – Now This is the reality of Today’s Libya
Human Rights Watch documents horrific abuse claims by migrants in detention centres run by the Libyan government. ****(Well if HRW had done its job correctly from the beginning instead of helping the Western Media with its respective governments We the Libyans wouldn’t be in this situation)
By: Tanya Talaga Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Jul 03 2014
Refugees hung, upside down, from trees and whipped. Migrant women and girls strip-searched and violated. Dozens crammed into tiny cells with blocked and overflowing toilets.
Those are some of the horrific conditions facing migrants in Libyan detention centres, according to Human Rights Watch, which documented abuses in eight of 19 facilities run by the Libyan government.
The migrants in these holding facilities are often fleeing conflict or poverty in Africa and are trying to escape, in boats, across the Mediterranean to the European Union.
In eight of the centres, 93 detainees, including boys as young as 14, told researchers from Human Rights Watch that they were regularly assaulted — beaten with iron rods or rifle butts, whipped with cables and hoses, burned by cigarettes, kicked and punched, shot with tasers, probed with electric shocks and hung upside down and beaten.
“We were shocked at the level of extreme violence used by guards against defenceless migrants and asylum seekers,” said Hanan Salah, a researcher for Human Rights Watch in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. ***(she was shocked? really? when she was reporting that Qaddafi gave VIAGRA to his army so that they could rape which was then denied by HRW but the harm was already done she was not shocked? she was not shocked when the ratverments were killing everything that moved on two legs whether a child or an adult? she was not shocked when the ratverments were killing in the thousands innocent Libyan people? she was not shocked when she covered up all the ratverments rapes done to our Libyan sisters? she was not shocked when Sirt was bombarded from air, ground and sea killing thousands? she was not shocked when Sirte and Ban Walid was in siege and they didn’t bother to help them? she was not shocked when in both cities mentioned white phosphorus and depleted uranium was bombed from the sky? She was not shocked when she lied through her teeth that the mass graves of handcuffed dead soldiers were killed by the ratverments only to come a year later 2012 to admit that yes the ratverments did it.? Hanah Salah and her colleagues are also responsible for this mess, they are also responsible for not doing their job from the beginning of this ILLEGAL war. They should be hanged from the trees for causing this chaos.)
“The stench, filth and overcrowding in some of the detention facilities was almost unbearable at times,” she said, adding HRW researchers “found rampant ill treatment, torture and unfavourable conditions for men, women and children in eight out of nine centres visited, which included beatings, whipping with cables, electric shocks and intrusive body searches.”
Some of the violence used against the detainees was a “form of ‘punishment’” for attempts to flee, but mostly there was “no apparent reason” for it, she said.
Many of the migrants in Libya are on their way to Italy before heading to other destinations in the EU.
The world is currently experiencing the biggest movement of migrants since the Second World War. By the end of 2013, 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced because of war, persecution, violence and human rights violations, the United Nations reported last June in the UN High Commission For Refugees Global Trends report. Raging conflicts and turmoil in parts of Africa, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are mainly behind the exodus. ***(and who is responsible for this? U.S.A. UK, FRANCE, ISRAEL, UN AND HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH.)
In 2014, Italy experienced a record level of refugees seeking asylum. Nearly 42,000 fled to Italy in the first four months of 2014, according to the EU border agency Frontex. More than half of those migrants came from Libya, said HRW in a recent statement issued before the release of a wider report on the Libyan situation.
Italy and the EU financially support many of the detention centres and the Libyan agencies working within them. That money — nearly 12 million euros over the next four years — should be immediately suspended until the UN can ascertain that the torture has stopped, HRW says.
“Donors, in particular the EU and Italy, recipient of tens of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers coming on boats from North Africa, should immediately suspend all aid to migrant detention facilities until the Libyan authorities launch an investigation into these abuses and the UN is able to verify the abuses have stopped,” Salah said. ****(YES this is only words, where was she when we needed her? Drinking coffee with Sarkozy, Levi, Cameron and Obama.)
There are 19 official Libyan detention centres holding anywhere between 1,000 and 6,000 people. Human Rights Watch was allowed to visit nine of the facilities and to speak with 138 detainees; almost 100 of them reported some form of torture.
Researchers found up to 60 men and boys crammed into rooms as small as 30 square metres. They also witnessed hundreds of detainees kept in small rooms and corridors that were flooded with sewage from overflowing, blocked toilets, their statement said.
They discovered people detained in shipping containers, former veterinary centres and vacant government offices.
As one 27-year-old Somali man told the rights agency: “Since I came here (earlier this year) the guards attacked me twice. They whipped me with metal wire and beat and punched me all over my body. I also saw them hang four or five people upside-down from the tree outside the entrance door and then beat and whipped their feet and stomach.”