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HRW to Libya: Stop Arbitrary Arrests of Black Africans

Voice of America [1]
Sunday, September 4, 2011

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A human rights group has called on the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) to stop what it says are “the arbitrary arrests and abuse” of African migrant workers and black Libyans assumed to be mercenaries.

Human Rights Watch said Sunday the NTC should release those detained as mercenaries “solely due to their dark skin color.” The rights organization said the NTC should provide “prompt judicial review” to any detainees for whom there is evidence of criminal activity.

Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East and North Africa director, says “it’s a dangerous time to be dark-skinned in Tripoli.” She said the NTC should stop arresting African migrants and black Libyans unless it has “concrete evidence” of criminal activity.

The rights organization said the NTC needs to implement its commitment to human rights by ensuring the security of tens of thousands of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa who are facing harassment and violence from both armed rebel fighters and Libyan citizens.

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