Over 500 dead in Libya torture, executions - report
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Over 500 dead in Libya torture, executions - report

Over 500 dead in Libya torture, executions - report

By Yunis Dekow

A leading rights group campaigning against torture says that law enforcement agents and militias in Libya killed at least 581 civilians between the start of 2020 and March this year.

The World Organisation Against Torture says the number of those killed includes people executed in detention facilities or tortured to death.

The report is the first to focus on extrajudicial killings in Libya and is based on a two-year investigation carried out by Libyan civil society organisations, which interviewed survivors and witnesses.

The report says that the cases it was able to document are only the tip of the iceberg.

Somalia on Tuesday repatriated 9 of its nationals from Libya.

Special Envoy for migration and children’s rights, Mariam Yassin received the returnees at the Aden Abdulle International Airport on Tuesday.

The Somali returnees add to the number of the several sub-Saharan countries’ nationals who have been rescued from Libya, where they were reportedly being sold into slavery.

A criminal gang of human traffickers, in collusion with their Libyan collaborators, have made the criminal act a thriving business.

(Reporting by BBC World Service, editing by Yunis Dekow)