By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 5 June 2017:
The Government of National Accord (GNA) has to take control of all prisons in Libya to ensure detainees were treated decently UNSMIL deputy chief Maria do Valle Ribeiro told justice minister Mohamed Abdelwahid Abdul Hamid today.
Ribeiro was in Tripoli to raise once again the international community’s concerns at the appalling conditions in which people are being detained without access to any legal process.
Ribeiro stressed the need for the GNA to take over all places of detention and run them with a well-trained judicial police service.
Hamid insisted that his ministry was focused on improving human rights within the prison service up to the minimum standards prescribed by international law. He explained that the ministry had employed a number of specialists who knew about human rights and transitional justice.
Ribeiro said UNSMIL was committed to helping the justice ministry discharge its essential role in building stability and democracy. She added that justice was key to economic recovery.