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article imageUN human rights team concerned over arrests of Africans in Libya

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 19, 2011 in World
The United Nations human rights team made an announcement from Geneva today expressing concern over alleged mass arrests of black Africans within Libya.
The United Nations has today announced from Geneva that it has concerns over allegations of the illegal detentions of many black Africans in Libya. A United Nations human rights team says that it has heard in recent weeks of the mass arrest of black Africans suspected of being pro-Gaddafi mercenaries, who are in fact migrant workers from Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Mali, and Sudan.
The allegations of abuse by Libyan rebel fighters which the U.N. only now appears to have heard of, was in fact reported by the Wall Street three months ago, on June 21. Rebel atrocities outlined by the Black Star News against black Libyans in Mistrata included lynchings, beheadings and ethnic cleansing.
According to the Nation there had also been previous warnings by the International Organization for Migration that Africans were being targeted inside Libya. Currently the organization has begun the evacuation of 2,000 sub-Saharan Africans who have fled Libya due to the targeting of black people by rebels. They crossed into Niger and are now stranded in the town of Dirkou.
It isn’t only black Africans who have been targeted but also Libyans with dark skins that previously lived side by side with other Libyans. The WSJ reported that as rebel fighters from Mistrata took their revenge on pro-Gaddafi dark skinned residents of Tawergha by burning their homes, Interim Prime Minister of the National Transitional Council, Mahmoud Jibril, stated that it was not an issue requiring government involvement. He said “Regarding Tawergha, my own viewpoint is that nobody has the right to interfere in this matter except the people of Mistrata.” The Journal reported it witnessed rebels burning a dozen homes. Additionally they ransacked every house and building and slaughtered all the cattle. A rebel fighter said “We are setting it on fire to prevent anyone living here again." On the walls of vandalized properties rebels scrawled the words “negroes” and “slaves.”
Despite the UN only just hearing of alleged abuses against black people in Libya, videos showing abuse have been widely available online for many months. This YouTube video is just one of many disturbing and very graphic recorded images.
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