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Abused, pregnant and behind bars: Former IS slaves in Libyan prisons

Wered vomits every morning. Her dream, like that of so many others, was to cross the Mediterrean to Europe to seek a better life for herself and her family. Now, at 16, she is pregnant after months of rape and abuse by Islamic State fighters, and locked in a Libyan …

Inside the brutal but bizarrely bureaucratic world of the Islamic State in Libya

Even as they ruled through fear and brutality, as their counterparts have in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State officials in Libya aspired to create a government with a functioning bureaucracy, public services and a credible judicial system. Residents in the fractured coastal city of Sirte described the militants’ ambitions in …

Migrants recall their harrowing inhumane treatment while in Libya

The IOM reportss that over the past five years it has facilitated the voluntary return of thousands of migrants from Libya back to their countries of origin. Following the outbreak of the Libyan conflict in February 2011, it has repatriated over 200,000 migrants fleeing the violence to countries around the …

Journalist Saliem Alshebl on his unexpected release from Tripoli detention

Libya Channel journalist and cameraman Saliem Alshebl, who was arrested on 29 July while covering a protest at Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square, has been released on the orders of the attorney general. Alshebl was held by the Nawasi Brigade in a detention centre in the capital’s Ain Zara district for 18 …

Shocking murders expose Libyan government’s weakness

On June 10, Libyans awoke to yet another horrific event — news of the shooting deaths of 12 men whose bodies were then disposed of at different locations around Tripoli. What actually happened and who is to blame remains far from clear. Emerging details suggest the same old pattern of armed militias claiming nominal loyalty to the government …

Amnesty International contradicts Ruwaimi prison head’s claim that murdered Qaddafi soldiers were handed to families

In a statement on the killings of 12 former Qaddafi-era soliders, Amnesty International has suggested that Ali Al-Saadi, the head of the Ruwaimi prison where they were held, was lying when he declared last week that they were released into their families’ care and left the prison with them Although …