• Libya’s culture of impunity fueled widespread human rights abuses. Escalating armed conflict caused destruction of civilian property and unlawful killings that amounted to war crimes. Politically motivated assassinations, forced displacement, arbitrary detentions, inhumane torture, and violations of rights of detainees held under both state custody and under the control of militias remained unabated and may amount to crimes against humanity. Armed groups in eastern Libya affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), announced the establishment of an autonomous province divided into the Derna and Benghazi sectors. Trafficking of humans, drugs, and weapons into Chad, Sudan, Egypt, and Algeria had yet to be resolved.
  • Detainees in Libya's al-Hamra migrant detention center, one of nineteen official detention centers where migrants and asylum seekers are held, near the town of Gharayan, crowd the entrance to the shipping container where many detained for months on April 15, 2014.
    Human rights conditions in Libya regressed sharply in 2014, reaching a low point since the end of the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The outbreak of new armed conflicts, combined with a further collapse of government authority in much of the country, eliminated any semblance of law and order from large parts of Libya.

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