The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LONDON – Amnesty International issued a report on the situation in Libya in 2018 confirming that the forces and armed groups of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) operated outside the rule of law throughout 2018.
The report said that GNA, which was established in 2015, was weak; it was encountering difficulties in its attempt to impose effective control on the ground, but to no avail.
Four main militias, operating under the umbrella of GNA Ministry of Defense, were dominant and expanded to extend their influence on the region by penetrating government institutions and the construction of economic strongholds, Amnesty explained.
Armed groups in western Libya continued to commit war crimes and gross human rights abuses throughout 2018, with impunity, Amnesty noted out.
Clashes between rival militias led to an increase in the number of civilian casualties and the detention of thousands, indefinitely without any judicial process, the Organization reported.
Prevalence of torture and other ill-treatment in state prisons and detention centers run by armed groups contributed to the breakdown of law enforcement and the collapse of the judiciary, Amnesty said.