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Europe-bound Migrants Held in Libyan ...
By Mohamed Lagha
20 Apr 2015

Misrata, Libya
April 21, 2015

Dozens of men, women and children are held in deplorable conditions in a jail in Misrata, controlled by the security forces loyal to the Islamist Libyan government in Tripoli. The detainees who appear in this video, most of whom come from east African countries, were caught in Libya on their way to try to reach Europe. An office that controls immigration is deporting the detainees to their countries through their countries’ embassies in Tunisia. However, Somalian and Eritrean detainees cannot return because of the instability plaguing their countries. Some of them have been in this prison for five months.

An interviewed female detainee from Eritrea, who introduced herself as Yodit, said that she was arrested with her cousin and other immigrants in the Libyan desert as they were heading to Europe. The group had started their clandestine journey in Khartoum, Sudan. Yodit said that they spent one month on the road before being arrested. By the time of the interview, she had spent two weeks in custody and was worried that her family back home might think that she was dead. The woman, who appears to be in her twenties, also complained that the detention center is overcrowded and lacks proper ventilation.

Various shots of detainees.

Soundbite (Arabic/English, Woman) Yodit, Female Eritrean detainee

00:48 – 04:14

"Q: What is your name? [Arabic]

A: What? [Arabic]

Q: Your name. [Arabic]

A: Yodit.

Q: How long have you been here?

A: Just one week.

Q: One week?

A: Yeah.

Q: Where are you from?

A: From Eritrea.

Q: You came by… the desert?

A: Yeah, the desert.

Q: How exactly? Through which country?

A: By the Khartoum to the Libya desert. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] When [we] came here, they catch us.

Q: Where?

A: In the desert of Libya.

Q: Where?

A: In Libya, but the place exactly, what it’s called…. I don’t know.

Q: In the desert, or a gate?

A: Desert, desert.

Q: The desert?

A: Yeah.

Q: Is it near from here?

A: I think [it is] far.

Q: One hour? Two hours? How much time?

A: Four hours from here.

Q: And then what are you doing here? What did they tell you?

A: We want to travel to Europe. So they catch us, they arrest us… even before here, just one week another place, the place which kept us. We came also here one week. That means two weeks under arrest. So they… you see they are stand up all night here. The [UNINTELLIGIBLE] is bad It smells bad all night. There is no air. The place is bad, really. [UNINTELLIGIBLE]The condition is bad, seriously.

Q: What did they tell you? Did they tell you that they are going out? Did they call your embassy?

A: No. No phone. We families don’t know where we are.

Q: They didn’t call your families?

A: Yeah. Because we don’t have a phone here. So no one knows where they are. I don’t know. Maybe our families they think [we] die or something.

Q: You are here alone? You don’t have any family here?

A: She’s my cousin. So we are two.

Q: Now you are here for one week.

A: Here. But another place also one week. The way…. but one month is in the way in the desert. We are hungry, there is no water, there is no anything. We were about to die. But that is good, they save us and keep us here. But I don’t know [UNINTELLIGIBLE] about time I don’t know anything.

Q: Thank you.

A: You’re welcome. Thank you, too.”

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Body of Killed Tunisian ISIS Commande...
By Mohamed Lagha
17 Mar 2015


Misrata, Libya
March 17, 2015

Video shows the body of slain ISIS commander Ahmed al-Ruwaysi, also known as Abu Zakariya al-Tunisi, who was killed in Libya during clashes with forces from the Islamist Libya Dawn coalition near Sirte.

The identity of the dead body was confirmed by Ismail Shukri, a spokesperson for Libya Dawn.

An obituary published by ISIS mentioned that Ruwaysi had planned and carried out the assassinations of two prominent Tunisian leftist activists, Mohammed Brahmi and Chokri Belaid.

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Libya prisoners
By Bujezia
12 Mar 2015

On Thursday 12 March the Misrata prison released 19 prisoners of war who had been detained since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. They are the first to be released after completing their sentences. The Minister of Justice of the opposition government based in Tripoli have visited the prison and allowed relatives and friends to visit the prisoners.

The minister also toured the prison and talked to a number of prisoners about their living conditions, inquiring into their health and whether any human rights abuses occurred. Just back from Geneva, he agreed to support humanitarian missions to improve prison conditions and prevent any human rights violations or abuses toward to the prisoners.

soundbite (Arabic)
Mostafa Al-Gleib, Minister of Justice in Tripoli: We all have to support each other and stand by justice in order to enforce justice and empower its ability to punish criminals, help victims and provide equality and enforce justice. This is an honest demand and it’s a fundamental one for all the patriots and free men of Libya.
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Abdulrahman Al-Shakshak, Head of the Local Council in Tawrgh: We're working together for the greater good and, as you know, the situation in Libya dictates that we move in all directions. When we were in Geneva, I met with the Misrata local council and we agreed to allow visits to prisoners to overview their situations and let people know the conditions they are living in.