UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias, some of whom run migrant-smuggling networks. Guterres said in a report to the Security Council released Thursday that torture and arbitrary detention is widespread in Libya. About 6,400 detainees are held in 26 official prisons but "thousands of others" are being held in facilities with little government control or "directly run by armed groups," said the report. The government must protect detainees against torture and "all prisons must be under effective government control and free of any influence or interference of armed groups," he added. In all, there are over 669,000 migrants in Libya, of whom women and children make up 21 percent, according to the report.
Source: Libya Today January 10, 2019 21:45 UTC