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Guterres Says 'Deeply Concerned' Over Widespread Violations of Human Rights in Libya

Guterres Says 'Deeply Concerned' Over Widespread Violations of Human Rights in Libya

Saturday, 12 January, 2019 - 08:45
FILE PHOTO: U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during his visit to the United Nations School in San Jose, Costa Rica July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate/File Photo
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the Libyan government to take measures to protect detainees in Libya from torture and ensure a fair trial.

"I remain deeply concerned about the widespread violations of human rights, the attacks against detainees and the arbitrary detention of thousands of men, women and children," Guterres said in a report covering the past six months.

"The Libyan government must implement procedures to allow all persons detained to be protected against torture and other ill-treatment," he added.

"All prisons must be under the effective control of the government and not subject to any influence or interference from armed groups."

In his report, the Secretary-General referred specifically to the situation of migrants and refugees "who are still subject to deprivation of liberty, arbitrary detention and sexual assault in official or unofficial prisons, as well as abduction or forced labor".

According to the report, more than 669,000 immigrants have been counted in the country, including 12% of women and 9% of children, during the period mentioned.

The report pointed out that the number of detainees in Libya has increased since last August.

He explained that about 5,300 refugees and migrants were detained in Libya during the reporting period, including 3,700 people in need of international protection.

Guterres said women and children were "particularly vulnerable to rape, sexual abuse and exploitation by government and non-governmental entities."

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