'A lot of room for abuse' in Libyan prisons, says UN rights official

Mona Rishmawi

A senior United Nations human rights official believes thousands of detainees are being tortured in Libya, many of whom are being held in makeshift prisons across the country.

Mona Rishmawi from the UN Human Rights Office, recently visited Libya to assess the human rights situation and to discuss transitional justice.

Ms Rishmawi says she's concerned about the lack of legal processes in place for the 7,000 people who are being detained in the country.

There is also much room for abuse under the present system, she adds.

“Who are these people? How can you distinguish between somebody caught up on a checkpoint who doesn’t have an identity and somebody who actually committed crimes in a battlefield? I think all this is mixed up now.”

Duration:  14″

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