By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 15 March 2013:
The Libyan Human Rights Network has condemned the killing of a young man, Muftah Zlitiny, who, . . .[restrict]it says, was tortured to death in Emsalata’s Qala jail. It says he is the latest in a long list of Libyans being tortured and killed by militias and has called upon the government to dissolve of all battalions and to incorporate their members, “by force if need be” into the army and police.
It has also demanded that the GNC dissolve and restructure the National Council of Civil Liberties and Human Rights, which it accuses of having done turned “a blind eye” to kidnappings, torture and killing of Libyans and hold it management accountable for its LD 7-million budget.
“We find ourselves now in a situation where silence can no longer be tolerated,” said Nasser Hawary, head of the Libyan Human Rights Network, “the human rights record after the revolution is much worse than it was under the old regime.” He added that Libya’s image was being distorted internationally.
Other measures the NGO has requested include forming a committee of judges and jurists to make urgent visits to prisons and make mandatory recommendations with respect to the treatment and condition of all prisoners in Libya. Special courts should also be created, it said, to handle cases of arbitrary detention, torture and murder, and make perpetrators accountable.
It also demanded that the media and human rights organisations to be given full protection so they could contribute to the improvement and promotion of human rights, without being subjected to threats of kidnapping and murder.
The Libyan Human Rights Network said it was making the requests to the the official authorities represented by the GNC and government: “Out of our sense of responsibility before God and the new generations.” [/restrict]