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What is behind Libya’s recent crackdown on human rights and activists?

Over the last few months, Libya’s Internal Security Agency (ISA) has rounded up seven young Libyans, accusing them of very serious crimes including that of apostasy, contempt of Islam and spreading of atheism. Such accusations in the predominantly Muslim and overwhelmingly conservative country could be a death sentence, even if …

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Amnesty: Libya’s LAAF is ‘brutally crushing’ freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

The Internal Security Agency (ISA), a collection of powerful armed groups operating in areas under the control of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF), is arbitrarily detaining at least nine peaceful protesters and a journalist incommunicado after they participated in a demonstration in Sirte, Amnesty International said today.

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UN concerned by deepening crackdown on civil society in Libya through arbitrary arrests and campaign of social media vilification

The UN High Commission for Human Rights said today through its Official Spokesperson that it was ‘‘concerned by the deepening crackdown on civil society in Libya, where arbitrary arrests and a campaign of social media vilification are having a seriously chilling effect on human rights defenders, humanitarian workers, and other …

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Libya: Rights groups demand ICC investigation into treatment of refugees

A number of human rights groups on Tuesday filed a dossier of evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) demanding the investigation of crimes against migrants and refugees in Libya that they said amount to “crimes against humanity”.

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