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Amnesty International: GNA arbitrarily detains and tortures individuals

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – A number of families of arbitrarily detained individuals in Mitiga prison, which is controlled by the so-called Deterrence Force (Rad’a), organized a protest in front of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, demanding an end to enforced disappearance, the released of arbitrary detainees, and condemned the integration of Rad’a into state agencies in the capital.

“We have documented how the Deterrent Force kidnapped individuals just because they were born in the east,” Amnesty International said in a tweet in Arabic on Wednesday. “They were tortured and held for years without trial.”

“The Deterrence Force falsely denies any knowledge of the whereabouts of the victims,” said Amnesty International, adding that GNA continues to pay the salaries  of Rad’a militants.

Amnesty International called on GNA to end the use of enforced disappearance, ensure that all detainees are brought to justice as soon as possible or released and investigate systematic violations by Rad’a and bring all those responsible for these violations to justice.

On May 7, GNA, led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, issued Decree No. 555 to dissolve Rad’a in Tripoli and merge into a security force called “the Deterrent Service for Combating Organized Crime and Terrorism”.

Rad’a and other militias are namely under GNA authority. However, GNA fails to control them as human rights organizations regularly document these militias committing crimes of kidnapping, robbery and engage in armed clashes with each other in fight for power, turning Tripoli into a lawless capital.

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