Medecins Sans Frontieres: prisoners in Libyan prisons are tortured
Representatives of international non-governmental organization Mйdecins Sans Frontiиres (Doctors Without Borders) have stated about the use of torture in Libyan prisons, the U.S. TV channel CNN reported referring to the head of the NGO Christopher Stokes.
According to him, the staff of Doctors Without Borders gave help to 115 prisoners with traces of torture after interrogations. Most of the prisoners were supporters of the deposed leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi.
"They brought us the patients after interrogations for medical care so that they can withstand new interrogation. This situation is unacceptable. Our task is to provide medical assistance to victims of war and ill prisoners, but not systematically treat certain patients in the intervals between interrogations", Stokes said, adding that Doctors Without Borders "ceases to work in Misrat due to the facts of torture to persons in custody.
On the eve, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay spoke with criticism of Libyan authorities. She said that the military units that fought on the side of the Transitional National Council (TNC) during the civil war in Libya are currently detaining thousands of people in hazardous conditions without trial. According to her, many of the prisoners have came from sub-Saharan African countries, they are being held in custody on suspicion of involvement in the fighting on the side of Gaddafi.
According to Pillay, currently, in various parts of Libya there are about 60 detention centers where more than 8.5 thousand prisoners, most of whom supported former Libyan regime during the civil war, are detained. As BBC reported on Tuesday with reference to the international organization Amnesty International, several people died in these facilities as a result of torture.