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Within the framework of an EU funded project entitled “Support to Victims of Torture and Enforced Disappearance”, implemented by IRCT and OMCT, a three-day training workshop on the treatment of detainees was successfully completed in Tripoli on May 6th, 2014.

The program was a great success, as evidenced by the 100% attendance of participants on all three days of the workshop entitled ”Raising Awareness of Prison Officials on Human Rights Standards and Building the Capacity of State Institutions to Guarantee the Humane Treatment of Detainees in Libya.

This three-day workshop featured fifty participants who serve with the Judicial Police (Ministry of Justice), the Department for Combating Illegal Migration (Ministry of Interior), and the Military Police (Ministry of Defense) in Tripoli, Benghazi, Sabha, Zawiya, Zintan, and five other cities, as well as expert trainers from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Between case studies, question & answer sessions, role-playing, and mock scenarios, the participants were motivated and seemed ready to apply what they had learned during the three-day workshop.

The 50 participants representing the Libyan Judicial Police, Military Police, and the Department Combating Illegal Migration, drafted the following recommendations to be addressed by the Libyan government and Libyan legislative assembly:

1. Amplify the efforts of civil society organizations in monitoring detention facilities and raising awareness for the fight against torture.

2. Raise the efficiency of workers within detention facilities through a series of training sessions and transfer of knowledge, especially for officers from regions outside of Tripoli.

3. Revitalize the judicial system and transfer all cases to competent prosecutors and accelerate the implementation of fair trails for all detainees from all over Libya.

4. The Libyan government should provide all logistical and financial needs of detention facilities and improve their infrastructure.

5. Intensify efforts towards the elimination of all forms of illegal detention, ill-treatment and torture in all detention facilities in Libya.

6. Ensure the security of detention facilities and officers working within these facilities from any and all outside security threats.

7. Encourage and support women to work in female-only detention centers.

8. Provide health insurance and incentives for employees in detention centers and adequate medical care for detainees.

9. Intensify efforts and media campaigns to combat human rights abuses in detention centers and to advocate for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment.

10. Form a committee to follow up these recommendations in order to deliver it to the decision-making bodies.

A graduation ceremony was held at the end of the training session, in which high level representatives of Libyan institutions and the EU Delegation to Libya were present. Training certificates were presented by Mr. Ville Varjola, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Libya; Colonel Mohamed Beshah, head of Judicial Police; Mr. Abou Egalah Al Alaky, Head of Human rights committee within the Ministry of Defense; Colonel Gomaa Al Tarhouny head of military detention facilities in Eastern region of Libya, Mr Farag Al Egily from National Council of Civil Liberties and Human Rights; Mr Gomaa Itaga, former vice president of the GNC; and Mr Salah Al Din Abu Khozam of the Libyan Legal Aid Network.

Through IRCT,  this EU funded project also provides psycho-social support to victims of torture and ill treatment.

Delegation of the European Union to Libya
Categories: Libya, News, Press

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