NATO’s ‘new’ Libya’s xenophobic violence


Not only in NATO member state Greece is there xenophobia: by violent nazi gangs, and by the government as well.

It is in the ‘new’ Libya, made by NATO’s 2011 war, as well.

This video says about itself:

Racism of the new Libyan government unveiled

Uploaded by ImazighenLibyaTV

Al Arabya TV (English) 27 November 2011 reports on demonstrations that are taking place on Martyrs square in Tripoli since five days denouncing the ostracism and the blatant discrimination that is being implemented by the self-proclaimed Libyan authorities and the newly formed cabinet of Abdel Rahim Al Kib who is systematically and methodically excluding the Amazigh population (also called “berbers” and who are the indigenous native people of Libya) as well as other non-Arab population of Libya such as the Tebus (living in the South of the country) from ministerial positions and reflecting what a growing number of the Libyan population is seeing as a blatant and institutionalized racism put in place against non-Arab population of Libya living in the country since centuries.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

New regime ‘worse than Gadaffi’ for immigrants

Monday 12 November 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Amnesty International will warn tomorrow that abuses against foreign residents in Libya now are worse than under former leader Muammar Gadaffi.

The rights group compiled the report We Are Foreigners, We Have No Rights over several visits to the north African country between May and September.

Amnesty said foreign nationals are at risk of “exploitation, arbitrary and indefinite detention and beatings, sometimes amounting to torture.”

Armed militias acting outside the law were guilty of numerous abuses, it said.

In one case a Somali man was “kicked and dragged along the ground, punched in the eye and beaten with rifles and sticks” after he tried to escape from a detention facility in Khoms.

In another incident a woman from Nigeria detained in Tripoli’s Tweisha detention centre reported being beaten and given electric shocks.

“The world needs to know what is happening to us,” she told Amnesty. “For Libyans we are not even human.”

Libya makes no formal distinction between migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers and the government has refused to sign a memorandum of understanding with the UN refugee agency or ratify the UN refugee convention.

This means the thousands arrested for “migration offences” cannot legally challenge their detention.

In some cases those jailed are told to pay the cost of their own deportation and remain in legal limbo if they cannot do so.

Amnesty Middle East and north Africa deputy director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said: “It is shameful that Gadaffi-era abuses have not only continued but worsened.”

You might not expect women’s groups to welcome the posting of a video depicting a rape on You Tube – but Libyan feminists did just that last week: here.

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