Sub-Saharan Africans targetted in Libya revenge attacks

Ian Martin

Sub-Saharan Africans in Libya are being attacked by people who want revenge against supporters of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi, according to a senior United Nations official who has just returned from the country.

Ian Martin, the UN Special Advisor for Post-conflict Planning, briefed the Security Council on Friday on his recent mission to Libya where he met the leaders of the new Libyan authorities, the National Transitional Council (NTC).

He says that in the capital Tripoli, neighbourhoods have ensured that there is no break down of public order and life is returning to normalcy.

However, Mr. Martin points out that Libya is facing challenges.

"Despite the consistent messages of NTC leaders appealing against revenge, there have been very serious violations of human rights, especially of Sub-Saharan Africans accused often, I think, quite wrongly of having fought for the Qadhafi regime. And I visited some of them in detention at the initiative of the authorities, and I credit the authorities for the transparency that is very different from the past."

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