UNSMIL urges for releasing more arbitrarily detained persons

UNSMIL urges for releasing more arbitrarily detained persons

May 08, 2021 - 18:31
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

UNSMIL welcomed Friday the recent release of dozens of detainees by the command of Khalifa Haftar's forces, saying it is encouraged by their declared commitment for further releases during Ramadan.

"As the Holy Month draws to a close, the Mission calls on all parties to release all persons who are arbitrarily detained, before Eid al Fitr." UNSMIL said in a statement.

UNSMIL reiterated that prisoner releases are a vital confidence-building measure that will go a long way to foster a national reconciliation process that advances the rule of law and human rights - necessary foundations for peace and stability in Libya.

Haftar's forces released 54 prisoners from Garnada military prison this week after releasing 51 10 ten days ago, mostly from Derna city in eastern Libya, while sources say the total to be released by third day of Eid Al-Fitr will be 194 prisoners.

There are thousands of kidnapped persons at Garnada and Kuwifia prisons as well as other secret jails under Haftar's command, while tens have died under torture, according to national and international reports.

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