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Human rights now worse in Libya than it was under Gaddafi

This is not the new Libya we fought for and we may have to take up arms again if the corruption and greed continue. This time against the new government.”




“The human rights situation in Libya now is far worse than under the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi,” Nasser al-Hawary, researcher with the Libyan Observatory for Human Rights tells IPS.

Hawary showed IPS testimonies from families whose loved ones have been beaten to death in the custody of the many militias that continue to control vast swathes of Libya.

“At least 20 people have been beaten to death in militia custody since the revolution, and this is a conservative figure. The real figure is probably far higher,” says Hawary, pointing to photos of bloodied bodies accompanying the testimonies.

Hawary is no fan of the Gaddafi regime. The former Salafist and political oponent of Gaddafi was imprisoned numerous times as a poitical dissident by Gaddafi’s secret police.

Hawary emerged from his periods of incarceration beaten and bloodied, but not broken. Far worse happened to his Islamist friends under the Gaddafi regime which was fiercely opposed to Islamic fundamentalism.

Hawary eventually escaped to Egypt where he remained until Libya’s February 17 revolution in 2011 made it safe for him and other Islamists to return.

Revenge attacks, killings and abductions against former Gaddafi supporters and against black men, who the rebels perceive as having worked as mercenaries for Gaddafi during the war, continue well after the “liberation” of the country.

Several months ago Muhammad Dossah, 28, was abducted by armed militia men at a checkpoint in the northern city Misrata as he was driving his employer Forrestor Oil Company’s car from the city Ras al Amoud to capital Tripoli.

“I don’t know if he is dead or alive. We haven’t heard from him since he disappeared from the militia checkpoint and the police investigating his disappearance say the trail has gone cold,” his brother Hussam Dossah, 25, tells IPS.

The police managed to trace the car through several cities down the eastern side of Libya but there the trail ended. There has been no sighting of Muhammad since then, and his family have no idea what has happened to him.

“He could have been abducted because he is black or because the gunmen wanted the car he was driving. We are Libyan but my father is from Chad,” says Hussam.

Hussam’s story is one of many of abductions, random killings, torture and robbery as militia men continue to take the law into their hands.

Despite the interim National Transitional Council’s (NTC) pledge to bring the more than 6,000 detainees currently in detention to trial or to release them, only some have been freed while the atrocities committed by pro-revolutionary rebels have been overlooked.

Armed militias controlling the streets and enforcing their version of law and order is a problem even in the major cities where the NTC has supposedly retaken control.

Gunfire punctuates the night regularly in Tripoli, and sometimes the day. “All the young men here have guns,” former rebel fighter Suheil al Lagi tells IPS. “They are accustomed to sorting out political differences and petty squabbles this way, or they rob people using weapons. The high unemployment and financial hardship is aggravating the situation.”

While security is an issue in Tripoli, the situation in the provinces is worse. Unshaven, ragtag militia men dressed in mismatching military fatigues often extort money from people travelling through their checkpoints, particularly if they are foreign or black.

Travelling from the Salloum border crossing with Egypt to Tripoli involves crossing dozens of checkpoints manned by numerous militias, comprising local clans with divided loyalties.

At a Misrata checkpoint that this IPS correspondent passed, a bearded militia man decided that foreigners would have to undergo Aids tests before they could have their travel documents returned. Only intervention by others prevented this.

At a number of checkpoints in the Tobruk area, migrant Egyptian labourers were forced to pay bribes of up to 30 dollars each by militiamen before their passports were returned.

“We are aware of the problems facing our country and are trying to resolve the issues,” says Hassan Issa, member of the NTC from Ajdabia city. “It is not easy for us to bring all the groups under control at this point in time,” NTC member Abdel Karim Subeihi tells IPS.

“This is not the new Libya we fought for and we may have to take up arms again if the corruption and greed continue. This time against the new government,” warns al Lagi.




Source

http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/middle-east-and-north-africa/1682-human-rights-now-worse-in-libya-than-it-was-under-gaddafi


Added: Jul-16-2012 Occurred On: Jul-16-2012
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  • Does it really surprise you? Gaddafi was no perfect angel, but he was the best thing for that region. When the people can't control themselves, sometimes they need someone to control them.

    Killing Gaddafi was one of the worst things that could have happened to that region.

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    • @RickPerry2012 AND Saddam. AND Hosni. AND Musharraf.

      Get rid of the strongmen, deal with he consequences.

      Better to contain and deal with one asshole than a nation of insane people.

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    • @Saros

      Yet, Assad is having a bloody field day with his citizens. It makes no sense.

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    • @RickPerry2012 If they get rid of him, same shit will happen. The place will rise up and for all the yelling about "freedom", they'll start killing each other. I have no faith in muslims.

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  • This is no surprise to me.

    Look what happened when USA finally captured Osama. Who really won?
    - USA created 2 wars(IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN)
    - accumulated over 1.1 trillion in debt( not including interest)
    - Caused the death of millions of innocent civilians
    - Created political and civil unrest in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    • @Nebuchadnezzar and in 2012 insulted natives in the worst way by labeling the most wanted terrorist ever after one of our great people who was fighting against you white terrorists. operation Geronimo? wtf fukk the usa racist bastards still playing cowboys and indians in the 21st century. it will be a good day when the last caucasian born dies.

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  • say what you will about these dictatorial despots, they do have a highly evolved sense of order, because they've figured out one thing;
    Running a democracy is a neverending uphill battle and it can't be won with violence, because then it's no longer a democracy.
    Dictacorialism only requires the occassional quelling of a rebellion, and that can be done by any means necessary.

    These people aren't ready for the responsibility of running a democracy, they have don't even have an idea of where to st More..

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    • @Kasmackba
      All they know is someone will rise out of the chaos and become the new dictator, and they seem to like it that way.

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    • @Kmanbay
      yepp.. and so the circle of violence continues.
      the whites in africa have a saying, "T.I.A" Or This Is Africa. In recognition of the form of tribal violence that has been shaping the continent since the dawn of time. The only periods of relative peace has been under white mans rule.

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    • @Kasmackba
      True so true.

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  • duh

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  • I don't expect The Middle-East to evolve, not even in the slightest. They never did & they never will. No matter what regime is in place, the West will continue to adopt the same strategy towards them since the 40's as long we are in need for their oil. Let's not forget that we are in 2012 but their official calendar in the entire Middle-East is 1390! So, don't expect any change for at least the next 600 years.

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  • Yeah, big surprise.

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  • LOL NO SHIT!

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  • suprise suprise...

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  • surprised?

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  • You think? Any country where Islam is the maker of laws, moral and culture...it's gonna be FUCKED UP!

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    • @fotoman4u2 A major problem being that any Mullah, Shaikh, warlord, or zealot can claim to have the 'true' understanding of Islam and they 'interpret' it to suit themselves. There is no societal rule of law. FUCKED UP!

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  • Why is anyone surprised by this? These people are savages, no matter who they support. It has been that way for thousands of years and not much has changed.

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  • Bottom line of this story... WHO FUCKING CARES? Vaporize the fucking region and call it a day!

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  • Btw, I'll never get over how Gaddafi, the baboon with a thousand hats, was such an ugly motherfucker. I mean look at him! Bloody Hell.

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  • Are we surprised??? Anything the USA forces touch, turns to shit.

    I could have told you that outcome before it started, you only have to look to relatively recent history.

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    • @LBJFRWY france is usa's bitch you cunt. say something smart next time stupidass.

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    • @LBJFRWY

      If that's the case should we mention the Saudis and Chincs. Now that's having 'a noise up someones arse'. I also think you will find Ireland is a neutral country. You daft cunt.

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  • I believe it. These people need a strongman despot to maintain order, otherwise their civilization leads them to an Afghanistate.

    Worst mistake we ever made was to execute Saddam. That guy was a grade A asshole but you can't argue that he locked that fucking hellhole down hard. Those people hate each other, but they cowered in fear of Saddam.

    Taking the lid off those middle eastern cans of worms has exposed the festering shit inside.

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  • always the case look at iraq.

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  • While I would wish that we could look at these cases and learn from history so that we don't make the same mistake again in the future, the only history we will learn from is that Americans are fucking stupid and can't learn from history. We WILL make the same mistakes, over and over.

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  • hey its ok they just reverted back to the norms of arabacy before ghadaffi westernised them , now they are back in their tribal state , this is to be expected they are muslims after all

    as for the arab spring being a total sham , we knew that !!!

    it was a way for the muslim brotherhood to take all of the islamic world back into the 7th century , next you'll have slave markets again and be trading in white women ..

    get over it , you lot fell for it , now live with it , we'll be too busy More..

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    • @Jack404

      "next you'll have slave markets again and be trading in white women"

      These are happening today in the mussie world.

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    • @Jack404 lol i cant wait until we get back to a tribal state in the usa too...man i will be a white woman tradin mother fucker. i cant wait! LOL ''defending our own homes we killed natives for'' is more like it, lmao karma is something isnt it, depending what spin you put on it...gotta love you ignorant motherfukkers who wont look at your own atrocities.

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  • hmm...
    Some Occidental people are now disagree with occidental's governments choices ?!
    RoFl
    Anyway "democraty" need time ..

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  • well no shit... gaddafi was killed for refusing to accept usa dollars/euros for his oil any longer. he wanted only gold for it. that is why the usa killed him. and with the white race declining rapidly they will do whatever they can to kill as many non-whites wherever and whenever able.

    this was way too convenient.

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  • Ghaddafi was not really a bad leader. He may not have been democratically elected. He may have tortured prisoners. People may have disappeared. Covertly or overtly, most governments kill people with whom they do not agree. I don't expect much from that part of the world either. Ghaddafi's political views, which he may not have followed strictly, but propagated, were benevolent. Houses for everyone as a human right. Free education, free healthcare. Free electricity. Free water. And he implemented More..

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