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BREAKING: Salamé says appalling prison conditions among drivers of conflict in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

NEW YORK – Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, addressed the UN Security Council on Thursday for his briefing on Libya. He said “appalling prison conditions among drivers of conflict in Tripoli. Only 130 prisoners released so far, despite decree ordering judiciary to review files of thousands of prisoners. Current stalling unacceptable.

This process needs to be expedited and the armed groups need to relinquish their control of detention facilities. Steps must also be taken to immediately shutter the for-profit private prisons operated by armed groups to illegally detain hundreds of Libyans and foreigners in order to extract ransom. Some prisoners have turned into incubators for extremist ideology and terrorist groups.”

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