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article imageLibya fails to shine under Human Rights spotlight

By Katerina Nikolas     Jun 25, 2012 in World
Human Rights Watch has produced a damning report on Libya, highlighting the ineptitude of the NTC in controlling various militia groups vying for political power. Human rights abuses continue unchecked while justice only applies to the rebel victors.
HRW reports that police, prosecutors and judges have been threatened by "unknown assailants apparently linked to militias." Armed rebel forces split into groups of militias vying for political power in the wake of the brutal murder of Muammar Gaddafi. Those who believed that the end of the days of the Libyan despot would bring an end to human rights abuses were mistaken, but the international community has done little to put pressure on the new authorities. HRW drew attention to the continuing illegal detention and torture of thousands.
Global News reported Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has raised the "importance of militia disarmament and integration for democratic development" in Libya as tribal violence and unchecked militias continues unabated. The UN recently released a report confirming armed groups are still a threat to children in Libya.
There was little condemnation when Libya recently passed new laws offering immunity to all those connected with violence perpetrated against rebel enemies. Rebel fighters who pursued and tortured black Libyans from Tawergha will not be punished under Libyan law, as only those who fought for and supported Gaddafi will be brought to any kind of justice. Libya's Law 37, the "glorification law" makes it a criminal offence to glorify “Gaddafi, his regime, his ideas or his sons.”
The new Libyan authorities do not even have enough clout to stand up to those who are currently holding four legal representatives of the International Criminal Court in detention, refusing to accede to the demands of the UN Security Council to release them.
As elections loom there is little prospect of a successful democracy emerging in Libya as too many conflicting groups with their own agendas have thus far done nothing to put an end to the violence which pervades the country.
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