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GROUPS DENOUNCE TORTURE IN LIBYA

New York Times

CAIRO - Torture and death in detention have become widespread problems in post-war Libya, international humanitarian groups said Thursday, a troubling indication that some Gadhafi-era abuses continue under the fractured rule of the country's post-war interim government and regionally organized militias.

Amnesty International said in a statement that "several" people had been tortured to death in detention "by officially recognized military and security entities as well as by a multitude of armed militias."

Amnesty said its researchers in Libya met detainees in prisons in and around the cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Gheryan who bore wounds consistent with torture, including open wounds on their heads, limbs and back. Many claimed to have been suspended in stress positions and beaten, and given electric shocks.

The majority of victims were Libyans thought to have remained loyal to the government of Moammar Gadhafi during the nine-month conflict that led to his ouster.

Doctors Without Borders, a group that specializes in providing emergency medical care in conflict zones, said Thursday it would suspend its operations in detention centers in Misrata, saying some of the 115 detainees it has treated for torture-related injuries since August have been returned repeatedly with more wounds.

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