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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 …

EU Policy Backfires Leaving Refugees in Libya at Risk of Torture

Amnesty International has announced that the EU policy to help Libya deal with refugees is in fact, harmful. According to Amnesty International, the new EU policy to help work more closely with the Libyan government in matters concerning migrants, is leaving thousands at risk of torture.

UNHCR demands “thorough and impartial investigation” into Qaddafi soldiers’ slayings

The UN human rights organisation UNHCR has called on the Government of National Accord in Tripoli to carry out an investigation into the murder last week of 12 Qaddafi-era soldiers and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. The investigation must be “effective, thorough and impartial”, it insists.

Report – National conference on the benefits and challenges of signing and implementing OPCAT for Palestine

Since 2005, DCAF has been actively engaged with the Palestinian security forces, executive institutions, and civil society to promote accountability and compliance with human rights. In July 2015, it held a set of workshops and discussion forums on the topic, and presented the results to President Mahmoud Abbas and his Legal Advisor, Hasan Al-Ouri. The discussions and …

Final report of the Panel of Experts on Libya provides grim reading

The 215-page final report of the UN Panel of Experts on Libya to the President of the Security Council was released recently. The report provided grim reading on the situation in Libya.