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4 Sep 2013 4:13 pm
Human Rights Watch condemns the government violent reaction on the rebellion in Tripoli prison.. It calls to hold officials accountable
Called Human Rights Watch said today on the Libyan authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the work of the Disengagement protest saw prisoners wounding at least 19 guests bullets and shrapnel . On 26 August 2013 in the Reform and Rehabilitation Foundation main Tripoli , known name former which Alruyemi , where they are detained about 500 people , including 5 women .
Interviewed by Human Rights Watch and government officials and officials from the jail and 20 guests have given conflicting accounts about what happened in the prison, after he led a hunger strike by prisoners as long as two to violent confrontations with guards.
Authorities summoned the members of the Supreme Security Committee - a body strong opponents of the ex - combatants Gaddafi leads a policewoman in theory works under the supervision of the Ministry of the Interior. Said Joe Stork, acting executive director of the Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch: "The government should clarify what happened on August 26 and explain how such a large number wounded of bullets prisoners and other serious injuries .
The FAO stressed that it must be held accountable anyone found to resorting to violence is the project against the prisoners, under the Criminal Code Libyan . " And is subject to a prison Alruyemi officially the authority of the Ministry of Justice and the detainees linked to the uprising 2011, which resulted in the dislocation former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
She told Human Rights Watch that one of the detainees, " security" loyal to the former government and members of Gaddafi's security forces and volunteers fought alongside the troops. During the violence on August 26, the authorities transferred about 150 prisoners to the nearby Ain Zara prison , which is run by the Ministry of Justice in turn . I spoke to Human Rights Watch to 20 of these prisoners on August 29, individually and in groups .
Guests accused prison authorities Alruyemi using unnecessarily excessive violence to force them to end the hunger strike lasted two days. Presented certificates consistent with each other. They said that the hunger strike was in protest against the prolonged detention without access to a judge and without any further legal action .
He said all the prisoners interviewed by Human Rights Watch that security forces in the prison resorted initially to firearms , including automatic weapons , after the failure of negotiations to end the hunger strike, and that before resorting to tear gas as a byproduct. He said one of the detainees told Human Rights Watch how the negotiations failed at about 4 pm and began arguing between inmates and guards.
He said: " This has led to a state of mutual shouting In the end, one of the guards opened fire on us from Kalashnikovs . Guest saw a fall to the ground after being hit by a bullet in his thigh. Claimed bleeding profusely ." The detainee said the shooting prompted other inmates to break down cell doors and setting fire to mattresses.
Re guards opened fire from automatic weapons over the next four hours, and in some cases, lead was aimed directly prisoners, he said he and other prisoners. And made some senior officials in the prison Alruyemi for Human Rights Watch, a different version of events
Acting Director of the prison, Ali al - Saadi , the former director Haitham house money they faced " rebellion " of about 150 prisoners, has spread to all other sectors of the prison . They said that the guards used tear gas in the beginning and then only fired rubber bullets over the heads of prisoners "to scare them ." They said four prison workers suffered minor injuries and that the prison authorities opened an internal investigation into the events . On August 26 , a police spokesman said the judicial , which manages prisons and the Ministry of Justice at a news conference that security forces broke up a state of rebellion prisoners " peacefully."
He said that the security forces did not use only non-lethal means , including " smoke bombs and water cannons and tear gas " and did not result in casualties. He said: " Not a single shot being fired on prisoners ," pointing out that most of the injured prisoners were due to " scramble " .
And approved by the Minister of Justice Salah Marghany told Human Rights Watch on August 31 that the authorities have been slow to address the weaknesses in the security of the prison and that guards are not trained or equipped with adequate equipment may have contributed to the escalation of violence. He said: "We were slower than to be in the provision of non-lethal weapons to the prison authorities." Damage was twenty - eight of the detainees interviewed by Human Rights Watch and injuries lead in the arms and legs, including two not lead extraction infected after ..
There are at least 19 inmates suffered injuries said to be caused by shrapnel scattered by the bullets bounce , which was confirmed by medical sources , suggesting the guards fired live bullets arbitrarily in areas occupied by prisoners, according to Human Rights Watch . Wounded , most of them in the arms and legs and that one of them was wounded in the head wound .
Sources in Ain Zara prison clinic that treated guests with in Alruyemi prison told Human Rights Watch that some entered the clinic were injured and that there are others bullets seems to be the cause of their injuries fragments of bullets rebounds. Stork said : " The government must also deal with complaints from guests , prolonged detention without charge and lack of access to lawyers interviewed for ."
Testimonies of witnesses
Withheld by Human Rights Watch and the identity of the guests received certificates from interviews with them below to protect them from any possible acts of revenge . He said one of the guests told Human Rights Watch that the guests have started in a peaceful hunger strike on August 24 in protest against the prolonged incarceration in violation of judicial proceedings.
And repeated the words of the prison authorities - he said - for guests that they appear before the prosecutor to start legal proceedings, but : " some of us have been held for two years without any formal charges or access to a judge even once , so we decided to strike." Guests said that prison authorities tried to persuade them to end the hunger strike quickly before resorting to lethal force , which included the firing of live bullets at about 4 pm 26 August.
They said the shooting lasted four hours . One guest said he was in the lobby with other prisoners when the violence began . He told Human Rights Watch : the escalation of the situation inside the prison when the prison authorities began to insult the detainees.
This led to an angry screech mutually which ultimately led to one of the guards to open fire on us from the Kalashnikov . I saw a guest falls to the ground after being shot in the thigh. Claimed to bleed profusely. Another prisoner rushed to get him away from the goal threat at that moment the tension reached boiling point. The news spread quickly that this guest was fatally injured [ which is true] began to prisoners in the cell doors cracking and burning of personal belongings and mattresses in an attempt to create thick smoke protects us from the suppression of the security forces taking on the rise .
They were shooting at us directly from behind metal bars and through the ceiling holes in the corridors and halls. I saw the prison guards but also joined by masked men. Only after the firing was "continuously since the period", in the words of the guest, the guards began to throw tear gas in the cells and halls. Allowed guests to a prison official and some guards who fell under siege flee to safety, but the guards shooting continued "until he reached the prison director and some other men from prison Aiz Ministry and interfered ."
Guest said he suffered a bullet injury , told Human Rights Watch that prison guards tied him up and beat him is living with other detainees and they take them to the clinic in Ain Zara prison . The guests told Human Rights Watch that security forces used several types of ammunition , including Kalashnikov rifles and 9 mm caliber guns , also admitted to weapons of caliber 14.5 mm anti-aircraft guns in the courtyard threatened . The prison inmate told Human Rights Watch that the prison sector , which had been held did not witness any violence , but influenced by tear gas .