Articles for Libya

On September 10, 2017, shortly after leading the evening prayer, Imam Abdulrazaq Moftah Ali Mshireb was abducted in front of his house in Tripoli. A group of uniformed men belonging to the RADA Security Forces arrested him in front of his son, without showing a warrant or explaining the reasons behind the arrest.

Mshireb and his son were beaten by the RADA forces, who confiscated the victim’s mobile phone before threatening him with a weapon in order to force him to do as they asked and follow them to an unknown location.

Mohamed Al Rajili Ghoma Abdul Rahman, a doctor in information and technology and former Deputy Minister for the Affairs of Families of Martyrs and of Missing Persons was abducted on 25 April 2017 by members of the “Katibat Al Nasr” forces affiliated to the Ministry of Interior of the Government of National Accord led by Fayez El Sarraj. Abdul Rahman remains disappeared since and his relatives, who have tried to inquire about his fate and whereabouts, are extremely concerned as the forces continue to deny detaining him.

Tarek Milad Mohamed Al Gadhafi, human rights defender and former Deputy Minister of Awqaf, was abducted on 30 May 2017 by members of the police intervention of Abu Salim, affiliated to the officially recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez El Sarraj. Al Gadhafi is disappeared since and his relatives, who have tried to inquire about his fate and whereabouts, are extremely concerned as the forces continue to deny his detention. They fear that he might be at risk of ill-treatment, torture or even execution. 

On 16 March 2017, Alkarama sent a communication to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the cases of Issa Adel Issa Kaal and Ali Suleiman Masood Abdel Sayed, two Libyan citizens who were abducted respectively in May and August 2016, and remain missing since. Their families, who have tried to inquire about their fate and whereabouts are extremely concerned as the authorities continue to deny their detentions.

Nader Snoussi Ali Al Omrani, a 44-year-old well respected religious scholar, was abducted on 6 October 2016 in Tripoli by several members of the RADA forces, which pledged allegiance to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). His family has not heard from him since; however, they fear he was killed while secretly detained following the release of a video in which a young man confesses to his execution.

On 11 October 2016, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding the case of Mr Moustafa Abdelkhalek Al Darsi, a 48 year-old Libyan citizen who was arrested in the city of Zliten in January 2016 by members of the RADA forces; the main se

A retired judge, Suleiman oud Zoubi, former member of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), was released on 4 September 2016. He was abducted in 2014 by the Barag Al Nasser militia from Zintan, which were at the time loyalists to the Libyan armed forces. He was held in solitary confinement and subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

On 22 November 2015, 43-year-old Arabic literature professor, Salah Salem Slimane Al Hassi was abducted from his home in Bayda City by members of an armed group loyal to General Khalifa Haftar. According to his family, Al Hassi's abduction took place in retaliation for having taken part in a peaceful demonstration a few days earlier. Al Hassi had joined this political protest in an effort to denounce the human rights violations regularly committed by General Haftar's militias in the city of Bayda, in eastern Libya.

On 25 September 2015, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted the outcome report of Libya's second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in May.

On 3 September 2015, Alkarama referred the case of six brothers to both the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions (SR SUMX) and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT).