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News from Occupied Libya 21-22/11/13
Attack on a police station in the city of Terhana by militias belonging to Ahmed al-Saadi and the fourth band backing
Sources news about the militias belonging to Ahmd al saeidi known as Aleem Libyan band backing fourth Salahuddin’s Luma called to a guard facilities and led by Salah Elmarghani carried out the attack on a police station downtown Terhana and kidnapped a policeman and a group of detainees and they executed and thrown playground ball is dead Ibrahim Souayah Alnaaja that appears he has been tortured to kill him.
The assassination of Sheikh Fawzi Alzuky, one of the members of the board of elders city of Derna
The assassination of Sheikh Fawzi Alzuky, one of the members of the board of elders city of Derna after prayers from the mosque.
Amnesty International calls on the Libyan authorities to protect the protesters from armed groups
Amnesty International called on the Libyan authorities, today, Thursday, to protect the protesters from armed groups during the protests planned this week. Organization said that Square Jerusalem in Tripoli witness on Friday large demonstrations at the invitation of the President of the local residents of the capital of the general strike even leave those groups of the city. For its part, said Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa in the organization, “Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui” The Libyan authorities must ensure the protection of the protesters. organization urged the Libyan government to ensure that efforts to disarm armed formations and reintegration compatible with human rights standards, and the lack of integration of officials for human rights violations in the state institutions. indicated Amnesty International that the Libyan government has announced a new plan is to integrate Muslhhaasma formations in the state security forces.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Libya must protect demonstrators from “out of control” militias or risk new bloodshed
The Libyan authorities must actively protect protesters from attacks by armed militia during ongoing demonstrations this week or risk further bloodshed, Amnesty International said today
The Head of the Tripoli Local Council has called on Tripoli’s residents to pursue a general strike until all armed groups leave the city. Large demonstrations are planned for this Friday in Tripoli’s Al Quds Square. Activists have also called for demonstrations outside militia compounds
The calls follow the deaths of 43 individuals and hundreds of injured, including children as young as 11 at a peaceful demonstration and subsequent clashes in Gharghour area of Tripoli on 15 November
“The Libyan authorities must guarantee that protesters taking to the streets on Friday will be protected from violence by militias. Anything short of that could result in a new tragedy, “said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International
“Two years of militia appeasement have led to a situation where abductions, torture and killings have become the norm in Libya. Those who once fought for freedom are now turning into criminal gangs. “
Last Friday, protesters in Tripoli called on militias based in the neighbourhood of Gharghour to leave the city and demanded that the police and national army return to the streets to ensure public order. The demonstration, which had received authorization from the authorities who promised to take measures to protect them, was held in protest at heavy clashes in the capital between Misratah and Tripoli militias on 7 November
Eye-witnesses interviewed by Amnesty International’s delegates in Tripoli said that police had failed to protect demonstrators or intervene when they were being shot at by militias. Most police units stayed behind as the demonstration started marching towards the militia compounds in Gharghour. They failed to take any preventive action to protect demonstrators from militias known to be heavily armed and reckless
A 51 year old man told Amnesty International’s researchers: “Many of the demonstrators were old people who had just come out of the mosque after prayer. They were not armed and carried revolutionary and white flags and posters with peaceful messages. The police were in the background but did not do anything to stop the shooting. I was hit by shrapnel in my left leg, which had to be amputated. “
Bystanders were also injured by stray bullets. Mabrouka Muhadab, 42, told Amnesty International: “I stepped out onto the balcony to get my son’s blanket when I was hit by a bullet in the back. Libya Shield brigades [a grouping of militias under the Ministry of Defence] were protecting our area, and the fighting was taking place some 10 to 15 minutes away from our home. “
As the violence continued, at about 10pm militias shot at a nearby camp for internally displaced Tawarghas, wounding a man in the knee. The next morning, militias attacked the camp again with rifles, killing one man and injuring two others. Despite previous such attacks by Misratah militias, the authorities failed to provide protection to the camp.
On 17 November, the Libyan General Prosecutor told Amnesty International an investigation into the events had been initiated. The organization’s delegates were able to observe the handing over of official forensic reports to families of victims at the morgue
“The fact that an investigation has been initiated is positive. However, experience shows that investigations into militia abuses in Libya rarely result in successful prosecutions. Letting it happen again will only further embolden militias, “said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui
“These deaths and injuries could have been avoided had the Libyan authorities been serious about fighting impunity and investigating militia abuses since 2011.”
In March the General National Congress, Libya’s first elected body, issued a decision ordering all “illegal armed formations” to leave Tripoli. However, the government has been unable to implement the decision since then. Nor was it able to successfully disarm and demobilize militias. Since the end of the 2011 armed conflict, hundreds of anti-Gaddafi militias have refused to disarm and reintegrate into civilian life; most are based in Tripoli and the west of the country.
Following the violence on 15 November and calls by the Tripoli Local Council, Misratah militias started pulling out from the capital. Other cities such as Gharyan have started withdrawing their brigades as well
In parallel, the government announced a new plan to remove militias from the capital by integrating them into state security forces
Amnesty International urges the government to ensure that any disarmament, demobilization and reintegration efforts are compliant with human rights standards. No one responsible for human rights abuses should be integrated into state institutions
“As militias withdraw from Tripoli, the government must put in place measures to fight impunity and ensure that perpetrators of abuses are held accountable for their actions and brought to justice. Otherwise it is merely shifting around the problem, “said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui. “People throughout Libya – not only in Tripoli – must be able to live without fear of militia abuses.”
U.S. intelligence agency CIA director honors Palestinian intelligence for his role in the abduction of Abu Anas Libyan
A Palestinian source familiar in the U.S. capital that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA has taken a visit director of the Palestinian intelligence service, Major General Majid Faraj under the auspices of a special gratitude for the efforts of Maj. Gen. Faraj great efforts to develop security relations with Washington and Tel Aviv, adding that the agency is in the process of honoring a special and distinctive Brigade Faraj. The source added that the Palestinian who is familiar with your appreciation enjoyed by Maj. Gen. Faraj pushes the boundaries of the file to the U.S. Israeli-Palestinian issues and regional tensions, especially after Maj. Gen. Faraj succeeded in providing great help U.S. intelligence in My Libya and Somalia. According to the report information leaked handed Major General Faraj to President Mahmoud Abbas, the two officers Palestinians subordinate to him in Libya ahead contribution distinctive in providing valuable information to the CIA helped to define the movements ‘Abu Anas Libyan’ and he was kidnapped by a commando force American after his performance for the dawn prayers in one mosques in the Libyan capital Tripoli in October. Has surrounded the brigade Faraj his current trip to Washington closely guards, and was keen to ask permission Abbas twice, the first was in Amman a few months ago when told him about the call, and either the second was during their time together in Cairo recently, and told Abbas during which the subject of honor, was keen Farag cases the permission of Abbas away from the eyes and ears of regarded opponents direct at the Palestinian presidency among senior adviser to Abbas, believing that those advisers scheming his intrigues and conspiracies, especially after the failure of his efforts in the completion of the process of exchange of Syrian-Turkish and Lebanese that has been through the Qatari government last month
Israel to get rid of their nuclear waste in the territory of Libya
Tripoli accused the nations, including Israel, to make Libya DUMP SITE for their nuclear waste, according to state news agency Anatolia.
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force in the Libyan army, Brigadier Mahmoud Issa, told «Anatolia» Turkish, said that «civil aircraft and ships suspicious receive waste in the Libyan desert and territorial waters». He added that there are countries, did not name them is Israel, receive their nuclear waste in Libyan territorial waters, and the Libyan desert south of the country; warning of the danger to the future of the environment and Stantjh of serious damage.
The Jesus that the Chiefs of Staff have information and evidence on the matter by saying that «the Air Force was able to determine the course of civil aircraft suspicious enter Libyan airspace without any reaction from our air force; given the lack of system aerial reconnaissance and the absence of radar in the south of Libya, except for Monitoring Navy also suspicious ships entering the territorial waters, and the dumping of containers made sure it nuclear waste ». The Libyan leader pointed out that «there are internal and external parties to stand strongly against Air Force and re-arming and maintenance of equipment, despite our claims repeatedly.
Photo: Iason Foounten/UN
Tripoli — Thousands of people in Libya remain locked up in militia prisons, outside of state control, more than two years after the revolution, according to a new UN report presented to the Security Council.
The report says many are suffering torture and mistreatment and calls the situation “unacceptable”.
“We have a big problem. But it is a problem we are trying to tackle,” Libya’s Justice Minister Salah Marghani, speaking after the report’s release, told IRIN.
“We haven’t given up. Even though the circumstances are challenging, we’re still pushing to improve the situation.”
The report estimates the number of conflict-related detainees is around 8,000, some held in facilities only “nominally” under the authority of the justice or defence ministries, and the rest by “armed brigades not affiliated with the State in any form.”
“I remain deeply concerned at the slow and insufficient progress in the transfer of detainees from the custody of armed brigades to the State,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon‘s report, which updates the Security Council on the UN Support Mission in Libya.
The UN says it has gathered evidence suggesting that at least 10 deaths in custody this year were due to torture and that no one has yet been held accountable. It also says there is evidence of continuing torture in both government institutions and prisons beyond government control, something humanitarian organizations working in Libya back up.
“Right now, the only factor significantly bringing down the number of detainees being mistreated and tortured is the number of mass prison breaks that are taking place,” said Amnesty International researcher Magda Mughrabi.
“We’ve visited prisons where the abuse is systematic,” Mughrabi said. “Often militias come and go as they please, even in prisons that are supposed to be under government control. They’re better armed than the judicial police and treat prisoners however they want. In one detention facility, we even documented a case where a militia abducted a prisoner from within his jail cell.”
Amnesty International says it has found instances of detainees being beaten with hosepipes, set on fire and subjected to electric shocks. Detainees also told the organization they had received cuts to the genitals and were sprayed in the eyes with insect repellent.
“We are still in a state of revolutions,” said Justice Minister Marghani. “You can see the amount of weapons that are spread around. The amount of control you can have in this situation is limited.”
Marghani says many of the 10,000 former rebels who have been integrated into the judicial police have only had basic training, and this is something Libya is trying to combat with the assistance of the international community.
“We’ve got a good programme to train prison guards in place, including an in-house advisor from the UK here in the Justice Ministry. But our capacity is limited.”
The UN Support Mission in Libya, along with the UK and the European Union, is providing training to prison guards and the judiciary, but according to the World Organisation Against Torture (WOAT), an organization that runs some of the training programmes, the current level of assistance is not enough to initiate whole-scale transformation.
Governing under duress
Prison reform is only one of a number of initiatives currently on standby in Libya as the security situation worsens and the country’s political and judiciary systems struggle.
Libya’s congress is gridlocked over discussions on how to create the country’s constitution, and the UN Secretary-General’s report warns of a deterioration in the effectiveness of the country’s transitional government.
“Conflicting interests and views of political and regional forces in the country, reflected in the General National Congress, may have compromised its effectiveness as a legislative body and its standing in the eyes of many Libyans. This has had an undeniable impact on the stability of the political process and has hindered the government in its ability to address the main problems facing the country.”
Militias are also helping to derail the political process by staging armed protests when it comes to key congressional decisions and have caused members of Libya’s congress to complain of being forced to vote under duress.
The threat of violence also hangs over the country’s judiciary.
Prosecutors have repeatedly gone on strike this year in the southwestern city of Sabha due to intimidation by armed groups, a situation that has been exacerbated by repeated break-outs from the city’s prison.
The UN says safety of judicial personnel remains a “serious concern” and warns that “the volatile security situation continues to pose an obstacle to the establishment of a fully functioning judicial system.” It cites several attacks on prosecutors and judges as well as bomb attacks on courthouses in Benghazi and Sirte.
No negotiating power
The fragile security situation also means that Libya’s government is in a weak position when it comes to negotiating with large brigades, which continue to hold prisoners outside of the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence.
One of the biggest armed groups holding prisoners beyond state control is the Supreme Security Committee (SSC), a force parallel to the official army that was created out of the remnants of a number of revolutionary brigades. It is funded and armed by the government and has two prisons at its Tripoli headquarters.
Attempts to force it to hand over detainees have resulted in repeated raids on the Justice Ministry and the intimidation of politicians.
“The SSC shouldn’t have prisons,” said Marghani. “We don’t consider these legitimate. They should hand over those people to the government so they can get real justice.”
Editor’s opinion: One thing that this article does not say clearly is that the MILITIA’s are governing the country and not the puppet government. The strong MILITIAS ARE: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, LIFG, AL-QAEDA, NAWASI, ANSAR SHARIA all of them in my opinion are controlled by CIA/MOSSAD which gives orders to the government what to do, if they don’t like a new law they bomb the place or intimidate them with whatever means possible.
Libya: Latest abduction highlights ‘dysfunctional’ justice system
‘Anoud’s abduction casts a shadow on the Libyan authorities’ ability to ensure the safety of so many detainees held in relation to the 2011 armed conflict. They must now show that they have the political will and ability to tackle abuses by the militias and establish the rule of law, or the Libyan justice system will remain dysfunctional.
”Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.
The abduction of ‘Anoud al-Senussi, the daughter of military intelligence chief under al-Gaddafi, Abdallah al-Senussi, upon her release from prison in Tripoli raises serious concerns about her safety and the Libyan authorities’ ability to protect detainees held since the 2011 armed conflict, Amnesty International said.
‘Anoud al-Senussi was abducted by unknown assailants at approximately 5:00 pm on 2 September outside Al-Baraka prison, formerly known as al-Ruwaimi prison, as the judicial police escorted her to Tripoli International Airport. Upon her release – which the authorities had been delaying since 8 August out of fears for her security – she had planned to meet relatives before flying out to Sabha in southern Libya.
“‘Anoud’s abduction casts a shadow on the Libyan authorities’ ability to ensure the safety of so many detainees held in relation to the 2011 armed conflict. They must now show that they have the political will and ability to tackle abuses by the militias and establish the rule of law, or the Libyan justice system will remain dysfunctional,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.
“How can the Libyan authorities claim that they are able to deliver fair trials, and apply the law in the most prominent, politically sensitive cases, when they are manifestly unable to ensure the basic safety of detainees?”
Upon ‘Anoud’s release from Al-Baraka prison on Monday afternoon, the three-car judicial police convoy was ambushed by a group of masked men armed with heavy weapons. They allegedly shot in the air before abducting ‘Anoud and driving off to an unknown location.
According to the Ministry of Justice, no one was injured in the attack. So far, the motives of the abduction and the identity of the perpetrators remain unknown.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the Minister of Justice, Salah al-Marghani, announced that investigations were under way and appealed to all Libyans, including the “revolutionaries”, for help in finding ‘Anoud al-Senussi.
“The Libyan authorities’ top priority must be to ensure that ‘Anoud al-Senussi is freed unharmed without delay. They must carry out an independent and impartial investigation into her abduction and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.
Due to the sensitivity of ‘Anoud al-Senussi’s case, the authorities had been preparing her release procedures for several weeks, before the operation eventually went ahead yesterday afternoon. A previous release attempt was aborted on 26 August after a riot erupted in al-Baraka prison, where several hundreds detainees are held on charges related to the 2011 conflict. The detainees protested against delays in referrals to the prosecution, and the judicial authorities’ inability to implement release orders.
‘Anoud Abdallah al-Senussi, aged 21, was arrested in October 2012 following her arrival in Tripoli from Algeria, and sentenced to 10 months in prison on charges of using a forged passport and entering Libya on a forged document. She was intending to visit her father Abdallah al-Senussi, held in detention in Tripoli since 5 September 2012 despite an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant for his arrest. The office of the General Prosecutor recently announced that national proceedings against Abdallah al-Senussi and Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will begin on 19 September, in a move that defies the ICC and sets the authorities on course to conduct flawed trials that can result in the death penalty.
The judicial police was significantly weakened by the 2011 armed conflict. Hundreds of officers failed to report back to work, and the Ministry of Justice was forced to integrate some 10,000 former members of armed brigades that fought against al-Gaddafi, who lack the necessary training and experience to handle detainees. More resources need to be allocated to ensure the safety of detainees.
It is believed there are some 8,000 conflict-related detainees in Libya. Since the conflict, scores of detainees have been abducted by armed militias. In some cases, they have been tortured and summarily killed. These abductions are usually carried during transfers to courts or after release from prison – either as revenge for ordinary crimes or for acts allegedly committed on behalf of the former regime, or in some cases, for ransom. In some cases detainees have been abducted directly from prison.
For example, on 18 April, a group of armed men opened fire at a judicial police convoy carrying 14 detainees from the Prosecution in Bab Ben Ghashir area of Tripoli to al-Tadamon prison, killing one detainee, Anas Mliqta’, and injuring a number of others. Amnesty International interviewed one of the injured detainees, who said that the judicial police had only provided one car for their protection, and were unable to intervene during the assault.
On 21 March, Jamal Hamadi was released from al-Hoda prison in Misuratah by a prosecution order. He was abducted during his release, together with his brother and lawyer, from the entrance of the Hoda Prison in Misuratah.
This string of abductions is part of a wider problem of armed militias behaving as if they are above the law – in recent months such groups have attacked Libya’s Parliament and intimidated ministries in Tripoli.
What happened to the missing children of Libya?
Approximately 105 children from a Libyan government home for orphans and abused children located in Misrata have been missing since February 2011. Groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International reported that rebel forces entering Misrata abducted the children.
However the events remain a mystery. The Gaddafi government claimed that the children were taken hostage by a group of rebels. Reports based on testimonies state that the children were seen for the last time while being taken into a Turkish, Italian or French ship, and one witness claims that some of the children were sold in Turkey.
The National Transitional Council denied the allegations on children trafficking and accused the Gaddafi Government of using them as human shields in the Bab al Azizya complex in the center of Tripoli. No human rights organization or journalists who have investigated this claim have seen any indication of the presence of children in Bab al Azizya. NATO, UNICEF, Save the Children or the office of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have not been able to provide information about missing children.
Title: Where Have Libya’s Children Gone?
Author: Franklin Lamb