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Canada urged to pressure Libya's new leaders on torture reports

A funeral is held in the Libyan town of Assabia for military commander Ezzedine al-Ghool, who was reportedly tortured to death by fighters in Gharyan, a rival city, Jan. 19, 2012.


The Canadian leader of Amnesty International is calling on the Harper government to use its influence with Libya's new leadership to put an end to the torture of prisoners that the organization says has been taking place.

The new leaders of Libya were helped to power by the air war waged by the air forces of Canada and major allies.

Amnesty says several detainees have died after being subjected to torture in recent weeks and months, and says it was part of wide-spread ill-treatment of loyalists of deposed dictator, Moammar Gadhafi.

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Amnesty said its delegates met with detainees in Tripoli and two other cities, who showed visible signs of fresh torture.

Amnesty said the torture is being carried out by "officially recognized military and security entities" as well as the many armed militias still active in the country.

As well, Doctors Without Borders says it is suspending its work in Libyan prisons because of rampant torture of detainees, who had been brought for care only to make them fit for further interrogation.

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