UN mission in Libya calls for immediate investigation to uncover fate of Egyptian detainees

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Tuesday it was concerned about the arrest, detention and ill-treatment of a large number of Egyptian nationals in the city of Tarhouna.

In videos circulated on social media, 2 days ago, dozens of Egyptian workers appeared while being tortured by GNA militants, who forced them to stand up barefooted on one leg, while their hands were up.

The Egyptian captives were taken to Misrata, northwestern Libyan. They were then detained in Tarhouna, 65 kilometers to the southeast of Tripoli.

UNSMIL said in a statement on Twitter that this was “in potential violation to Libya’s international human rights law obligations on the prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.”

It also welcomed the statement released by the Libya’s interior ministry “on this issue and called on the local authorities in Tripoli to conduct a prompt investigation, to uncover their fate and whereabouts and to ensure their treatment in accordance with international standards.”


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