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Rightly Charged in Federal Court, Not Guantanamo Military Commissions

(Washington, DC) – The United States government should ensure that Ahmed Abu Khatallah, apprehended for his alleged role in the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is brought promptly before a judge and provided access to a…
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Investigate Killings, Clamp Down on Unlawful Militias

(Tripoli) – Libyan authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate the violent clashes in Benghazi on June 8, 2013, that left 32 people dead. The authorities should also hold those who violated the law accountable. Witnesses described to Human…
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Thousands Held Without Charge

(New York) – Libya’s new government, sworn in on November 14, 2012, should put the illegal detention of more than 8,000 people atop its agenda. About 4,000 detainees are in government custody, most without formal charges or access to a lawyer, and the…
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(Washington) – The United States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya, according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service…
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Projects Financed by State Oil Company Require Close Scrutiny

(Washington, DC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should insist that Angola’s government explain how it spent more than US$41.8 billion in unaccounted oil revenues from 2007 to 2011, Human Rights Watch, Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (…
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After 16 Years, Chance for Justice

(Tripoli) – The sixteenth anniversary of the Abu Salim prison massacre on June 28 to 29, 2012, offers victims’ families across Libya the first chance to commemorate the 1996 tragedy without fear of government repression. The government should…
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National Strategy Needed for Justice System

(Tripoli) – The individual candidates and political entities competing in Libya’s July 7, 2012 national election should explain how they plan to end the ongoing problem of torture and illegal detention, which continues to affect thousands of people. At a…
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Require Detailed Explanation of $32 Billion Accounting Gap

(Washington, DC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should withhold a scheduled $130 million loan disbursement to the government of Angola until Angolan authorities fully and publicly justify a US$32 billion discrepancy in Angola’s public accounts,…
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Thousands in Unlawful Custody Should be Handed Over

(Tripoli) – A Tripoli-based militia from Misrata should immediately transfer to the Libyan government two illegally detained British journalists and the three Libyans who were traveling with them, Human Rights Watch said today. The men are among thousands…
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Clarify US$32 Billion Accounting Gap

Update: On January 17 2012, the government of Angola acknowledged the discrepancy in public accounts. In a statement issued through state media, the government emphatically denied that any funds were "missing" and said that, although its investigation…
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Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi Says Physical Conditions Good

(Tripoli) – Libyan authorities appear to be holding Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in good physical conditions but should allow him immediate access to a lawyer, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch visited Gaddafi in Zintan, Libya on…
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State Oil Company is Main Focus of Investigation

(Washington, DC) – The government of Angola should promptly provide a full public accounting for US$32 billion in missing government funds thought to be linked to the state oil company, Human Rights Watch said today. A December 2011 report by the…
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Bodies Found at Sirte Hotel Used by Anti-Gaddafi Fighters

(Sirte) – Fifty-three people, apparent Gaddafi supporters, seem to have been executed at a hotel in Sirte last week, Human Rights Watch said today. The hotel is in an area of the city that was under the control of anti-Gaddafi fighters from Misrata before…
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Government Should Build Rule of Law After Gaddafi’s Death

(Sirte) – The end of Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule over Libya offers a unique opportunity for the country to end an extraordinarily long era of human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Media reports say forces of the National Transitional…
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Ensure Humane Treatment of Prisoners

(New York) – Forces on both sides fighting in the Libyan city of Sirte should minimize harm to civilians and treat all prisoners humanely, Human Rights Watch said today. Fighters aligned with the National Transitional Council (NTC) have reached the center…
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Unprofessional Exhumations Can Destroy Evidence of 1996 Abu Salim Killings

(Tripoli) – The mass grave reportedly found in Tripoli with the remains of an estimated 1,200 prisoners from the 1996 Abu Salim prison massacre should not be exhumed until a proper forensic team is in place, Human Rights Watch said today. Exhumations…
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Forensic Experts Needed to Identify Remains, Secure Evidence

(Tripoli) – Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) should place an immediate moratorium on the exhumation of mass graves until forensic experts are available to support the exhumations, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said…
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High-Level Paris Meeting Will Plan for Post-Conflict Support

(Paris) – Protection of civilians, accountability for grave human rights violations during Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, and building the foundation of a rights-respecting Libyan state should be prominently on the agenda of the Libya Contact Group on…
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National Transitional Council Should Protect Vulnerable Sites and Groups, Not Seek Revenge

(New York) – As fighting reaches the Libyan capital, Tripoli, all sides to the conflict – forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, forces of the National Transitional Council, and the NATO allies – need to ensure that they take all feasible steps to avoid harming…
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Troops Stormed Room Where Demonstrators Hid, Town Residents Say

(New York) – Libyan government forces appear to have executed 10 protesters following an anti-government demonstration in the town of Bani Walid on May 28, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Earlier on that day government forces fired on apparently…
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