On 15 June 2015, Alkarama sent a communication the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture (SRT) concerning the cases of 10 Libyan citizens all subjected to torture at the end of 2014. These cases are illustrative of the increasing use of torture by militias - in the present case, the Zintan brigade, a government-funded militia drawn from the garrison town of Zintan in northwest Libya, acting as the regular force of the internationally recognised government of Tobruk - who wish to intimidat
The United Kingdom is capable of launching airstrikes on Libya or elsewhere in the world if there is a threat to Britain or its nationals, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. The statement comes as Cameron begins a four-day South East Asia tour of talks with leaders covering a variety of topics, including countering Islamic extremism.
"If there is a threat to Britain or to our people on our streets, and we are able to stop it by taking immediate action against that threat, as Prime Minister I will always want to try and take that action. That is the case whether that problem is emanating from Libya, from Syria or anywhere else," The Telegraph quoted Cameron as saying.
Human Rights Watch: Gadhafi attorney didn't give final defense
Like the U.N. human rights office, Human Rights Watch asserted that the trial was flawed. Among other things, the group said that it appeared that Gadhafi's court-appointed lawyer didn't present a final defense pleading on Gadhafi's behalf.
It called for Libya's Supreme Court to review the cases.
"This trial has been plagued by persistent, credible allegations of fair trial breaches that warrant independent and impartial judicial review," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director for Human Rights Watch. "The victims of the serious crimes committed during the 2011 uprising deserve justice, but that can only be delivered through fair and transparent proceedings."
Human rights groups have condemned Saudi Arabia after the beheading of five foreigners this week. Experts warn 2015 will mark a dramatic increase in public executions, as 80 people have already been killed, compared to 88 in the whole of 2014.
7Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi approved a beheading of a woman as a wedding gift for a female religious judge, a defector from the terrorist group told Daily Mail in an exclusive interview, also describing other atrocities committed by the militants.
Five Libyan troops loyal to the internationally recognised government were killed Friday and another 18 are missing after an attack on an eastern checkpoint allegedly carried out by the Islamic State group, a state news agency said.
The National Council for Public Freedoms and Human Rights has called for the immediate and unconditional release of General National Congress member Suleiman Zoubi, emphasizing the need to punish all those involved in his arrest and torture.
Ahmed Gaddaf Al Dam, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s cousin and former intelligences top ranked official, strongly condemned the death sentence decided by a Libyan court toward top ranked former Colonel’s aids among them his son Saif Al Islam.
In an exclusive statement to Al Arabiya News, Gaddaf Al Dam, said “This sentence blows up every hope and initiative for a dialogue and for Libya’s stability.” He added that sentences open the door wide wide to the violence.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was sentenced to capital punishment in absentia on Tuesday along with several other members of the country’s former government.
The trial, which lasted just two days, was conducted in Tripoli by an unrecognized Islamist government that came to power after forcing the rival government out of the Libyan capital.
A militia group from the town of Zintan is currently holding Saif and it’s unclear if the group will agree to give him up in order for the death sentence to be carried out.
Despite never having occupied any official positions in the Libyan government, Saif was the second most recognized person in the country and persistently denied claims that he was his father’s most likely successor.
“This is not a private farm to be inherited” and passing of power from father to son would put Libya “at square one again” in terms of political development, he said in a famous 2008 speech.
The trial of Muammar Gaddafi’s son and other alleged Libyan war criminals, who have been mistreated and tortured while detained, will unlikely be recognized internationally and may be regarded as flawed , John Jones, lawyer for Saif Gaddafi told RT. Trends Libyan conflict
Saif Gaddafi, the son of ousted and killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is on trial for alleged war crimes. The court is expected to deliver its final verdict on Tuesday. Saif Gaddafi was considered to be the second most-influential figure in Libya even though he held no official position. Many former Libyan officials like the former head of the intelligence service, Abuzed Omar Dorda, are also facing trial.
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