Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


7 000 held in Libyan militia prisons

24 November 2011, 11:46

New York - About 7 000 people, many of them foreigners, are being held in Libyan detention centres controlled by "revolutionary brigade" militia, according to a new UN report.

Women and children are among the detainees and some have allegedly been tortured, said the report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ahead of a Security Council meeting on Monday on Libya's reconstruction after the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Political prisoners from the Gaddafi regime have been freed, but the estimated 7 000 new detainees have no access to courts "in the absence of a functioning police and judiciary", said the report.

The UN said sub-Saharan Africans accused or suspected of being Gaddafi mercenaries make up a large number of those held.

"Some detainees have reportedly been subjected to torture or ill treatment. Cases have been reported of individuals being targeted because of the colour of their skin," said Ban's report.

The largely tribal-based "revolutionary brigades" united to force Gaddafi out of power but have retained significant control in their own regions, according to diplomats and UN officials.

The UN report said the National Transitional Council has started to take over from the militias but "much remains to be done to regularise detention, prevent abuse and bring about the release of those whose detention should not be prolonged".

In a separate statement, Ban on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of Libya's interim government but said it faces "numerous challenges" including "the crucial issues of national reconciliation, public security, human rights protection, and the resumption of basic services to the Libyan people".

UN Libya envoy, Ian Martin, will brief a Security Council meeting on Monday about events since Gaddafi’s killing in October.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Cyril Mike Odhiz
Kenyans furious on young lady aft...

A young Kenyan woman is the talk of town after she posted a photo with her elderly lover after a round of steamy sex, or so the photo suggested.  Read more...

Submitted by
Kiplangat langat
Uhuru could be a one term Presid...

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto has said that President Uhuru Kenyatta could be a one term President if he fails to increase allocations to the counties. Read more...

Submitted by
Mody Sammy
35 year old farmer a new milliona...

A 35 year old farmer from Mpeketoni Lamu county has become the latest millionaire in town as she became winner in the ongoing ‘Shinda Mamili na Story Ibambe’. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Leave your past relationship bagg...

Leave your past relationship baggage at the door when you start a new relationship. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Advice from a young married Kenya...

I was just going to get water in the office kitchen and thought a simple hi was fine until I ended up in an hour long conversation with someone. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Helping you find the type of man ...

To put it simply, you can’t go looking for fish in a meat market; you have to go to a fish market. Read more...