Bloodshed in Libya, worse than ever


Warlord Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, AFP photo

On this AFP photo we see warlord Khalifa Haftar. Formerly living in the USA as a CIA asset. Haftar, the boss of a militia which includes salafist religious fanatics. One of many militias killing each other and civilians in Libya. Haftar’s uniform looks spotless. Not even one drop of blood. Very different from many Libyan civilians.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

UN alarm about Libyan city Derna: fierce fighting and no water

The violence in the Libyan city of Derna has reached a new low point. The city is being bombed by air raids, residential areas are being shot at by artillery and ground fights are taking place. The UN agency for humanitarian affairs (OCHA) writes this in a report.

Some 125,000 people live in Derna. They are largely devoid of water, food and medicines. The electricity and water supply of the city is gone.

Although Libya has been plagued by violence between militant militias and rogue army divisions since the deposition of dictator Gaddafi in 2011, the UN calls the current situation in Derna “unprecedented”.

Gaddafi was not simply ‘deposed’. A coalition of NATO and jihadist militias attacked Libya, starting bloodbaths of civilians which still continue. Then, Gaddafi was murdered cruelly. Probably at the instigation of French President Sarkozy, who, like many other NATO country politicians, used to be a buddy of Gaddafi until just before starting the war. Sarkozy was scared that if Gaddafi would be on trial, then he might reveal the Libyan money scandal in Sarkozy’s presidential election campaign.

Surrounded

The eastern city has been surrounded by the Libyan National Army (LNA) [official sounding name for Haftar’s militia] since July last year under the leadership of General Khalifa Haftar. …

The LNA is being helped by Egypt from the air.

While Egyptian dictator Sisi helps Haftar, the Erdogan regime in Turkey and the Qatari absolute monarchy provide help to his opponents.

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Massacre of refugees in NATO’s ‘new’ Libya


Refugees in a concentration camp in Bani Walid, Libya. 2018 Reuters photo

Today, Dutch NOS TV reports, basing itself on MSF/Doctors Without Borders, that Libyan jailers have killed at least 15 refugees. 25 refugees have been injured, some with dangerous bullet wounds and broken bones.

On Wednesday 23 May, the refugees had tried to flee from an ‘illegal’ prison in Bani Walid town, containing over 100 prisoners. Some managed to escape, but about 40 people, mainly women, are imprisoned again. MSF/Doctors Without Borders says the refugees are mainly teenagers from countries like Ethiopia and Somalia who wanted to claim asylum in Europe.

NOS TV says (translated):

Some of them were imprisoned for three years .. under appalling conditions. They have scars, burns and other injuries. They have since been transferred to detention centers in the capital Tripoli.

Presumably, ‘legal’ prisons, officially recognized by NATO countries’ governments. Also presumably, just as bad places of torture as the ‘illegal’ Bani Walid jail. NATO’s ‘humanitarian’ war on Libya made that country a hell of slavery and mass murder of refugees and of Libyan civilians.

NATO’s ‘new’ Libya, slavery and torture hell


This video says about itself:

Ivorian migrants returning from Libya, recount slavery ordeal
21 November 2017

At least 155 Ivorians have returned to Abidjan from Libya. Their repatriation has been organised by the International Organisation for Migration. It comes days after international news network CNN broadcast a report on the slave trade of migrants in Libya. The story has sent shockwaves through sub-Saharan Africa and angered governments and rights groups. Thuli Tshabalala has more.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Torture, executions and lawlessness in Libyan militia prisons

Armed militia hold thousands of men, women and children without trial in Libya in prisons. It violates massive human rights, reports a UN report. Prisoners are neglected, tortured and executed.

In recent years, politicians, activists, journalists and people loyal to the Gaddafi regime have been picked off the streets without warning. Their family usually has no idea where they are. Prisoners sit in small cells without daylight or ventilation. Contact with the outside world is not allowed.

Just in 2017, hospitals in the capital Tripoli counted 37 bodies with torture injuries. The UN researchers rely on testimonies, medical reports, photos and eyewitness reports. …

According to the report, the Libyan government has not attempted to curb or encapsulate the rebellious militias in the existing system. Instead, the militias have been used to enforce the law. The government has, among other things, armed and paid the militia.

In this way, they have become increasingly powerful and have taken matters into their own hands, including setting up prisons.

Sometimes the militias are also affiliated with the Libyan government, according to the report. The researchers have no idea how many people are stuck in the militia prisons.

Italy’s deal with Libya to ‘pull back’ migrants faces legal challenge. Migrants who are returned to Libya subjected to grave human rights violations, lawsuit claims: here. And here.

Close Libyan torture and slavery jails, Dutch government says


This Mediavision Uganda video says about itself:

26 November 2017

A slave market in 🇱🇾Libya for African immigrants.

🌍Africans mostly from 🇳🇪Nigeria and other countries trying to get to 🇮🇹Italy through Libya are being sold to Arab countries (Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia) @ $200 to $700, together with others, Libyan nationals who are against the Tripoli government. 🇺🇸USA is purely silent simply because it’s gaining millions of dollars from oil wells. These boys and girls are forced to work and are forced to fight in wars.

Translated from Natalie Righton in Dutch daily De Volkskrant, 8 March 2018, 19:16:

Minister Kaag: Libyan detention centers for migrants must be closed, circumstances are inhuman

The Libyan detention centers for migrants must be closed immediately. The conditions are too dehumanizing. This says Minister Kaag of International Development after a visit to Libya. In more than thirty state prisons, there are still about five thousand migrants arrested by the Libyan Coast Guard when they tried to reach Europe by boat. Thousands of others are locked up in prisons of armed groups.

‘State prisons’ are prisons of the armed group recognized by most NATO governments as the ‘government’ of Libya. Other armed groups claim to be ‘governments’ as well; and sometimes get semi-recognition of that by some NATO governments.

‘The centers, which are not suitable for humans, have to close’, according to Minister Kaag Wednesday after a visit to a detention center in Tajoura, a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli. This makes her the first EU member of government to come to this conclusion.

Kaag thinks that the Netherlands can not remain silent about exploitation and forced labour, just because Europe does not want migrants to reach the European coast. “On whatever side you are in this debate, we are all human”, says Kaag. … ‘This includes a humane asylum policy. This is not humane. ”

In line with the EU, the Dutch cabinet is also striving to keep as many African migrants as possible in Africa to prevent them from coming to Europe. But Kaag emphasizes that Libya is not a suitable candidate to make deals with for the time being, because of the administrative chaos that prevails there. …

Hell on earth

Migrants call the Libyan detention centers, speaking to human rights activists ‘hell on earth’, where torture, sexual abuse and even murders take place. The American channel CNN opened the eyes of many European politicians at the end of last year by showing how imprisoned migrants are resold as slaves. …

Libya has no clear border control like Turkey, with which the EU has a deal about stopping migrants. …

Last year, 110 thousand of the 180 thousand boat refugees departed from Libya to Europe.

Especially Italy, but also other EU member states are determined to further reduce the numbers. They finance the Libyan Coast Guard. The Italians reportedly also pay local Libyan militiamen to stop migrants. …

Kaag’s call to close the centers not only poses a dilemma for her European colleagues, but also for her coalition partners from VVD, CDA and Christen Unie. Because what should happen to the migrants who have been caught if they can not be taken to a detention center?

Kaag’s D66 party is the most ‘liberal’ in the Dutch four party government. Especially the VVD and CDA parties are anti-refugee hardliners.

Italian government arrests for helping refugees escape from slavery


This 28 November 2017 video says about itself:

SLAVE TRADE IN LIBYA | SHOCKING DOCUMENTARY

I bumped into this documentary and I decided to upload it on YouTube so as to shed more light on what is going on in Libya. Ross Kemp covered this months ago and till now, no European or Western country has condemned the act. We need to stop the slave trade in Libya!!

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 18 March 2018:

Italy seizes aid organization’s ship

The Italian authorities have seized a relief organization’s ship. The ship had 218 migrants aboard, who left at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily. The aid agency ProActiva refused to transfer the migrants at sea to Libya ….

Indeed, to Libya. Where they would have been sold into slavery.

The present Italian government is a ‘center left’ caretaker government. The leader of the extreme right Northern League party wants to become the new prime minister, but neither his party nor any other party has a majority, meaning there is no new government after the election yet. It looks like the ‘center left’ caretaker government is emulating the extreme right’s xenophobia.

Italy has now reluctantly allowed them in.

The crew was detained and the commander and coordinator of the ship were charged with cooperating with illegal migration …

They are accused of bringing the migrants to Italy instead of transferring them to Libya.

Italy wants to reduce the flow of migrants, only allowing ships from non-governmental organizations affiliated with Frontex, the EU agency that monitors the external borders of Europe.

A pro-refugee non-governmental organization, if it affiliates with anti-refugee governmental Frontex, of course ceases to be ‘non-governmental’ and ceases to be humanitarian.

THE head of a Spanish aid group said today he fears human-trafficking charges may be brought against his staff after they refused to hand over a group of rescued migrants to the Libyan coastguard in a tense standoff at sea, instead taking them to Italy. Proactiva Open Arms founder and director Oscar Camps said Italian authorities seized his group’s boat yesterday in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo. Officers were investigating the rescue group for suspected criminal association and aiding illegal immigration: here.

From NATO Libyan war to Manchester terrorism


This video says about itself:

Blowback: NATO, Libya, and Suicide Terror

27 February 2018

May 22, 2017: A suicide bomber walks into a pop concert in Manchester and blows himself up. There’s a lot we don’t know about the attack, and likely never well, but what we do know is that the attack on Manchester, and other similar attacks, may, in part, be blowback from Western foreign policy.

Soon after the Arab Spring arrived in Libya in February 2011, the Western powers, in the form of NATO, decided to intervene and help topple Gadhafi. Libya quickly descended into violence and chaos, enabling ISIS to sweep into the vacuum. Though many of the Libyan rebels who had protested Gadhafi were ordinary Libyans seeking freedom, some of them were “jihadi militias” and Salman Abedi, the suicide attacker, had been trained to fight in Libya alongside these “jihadi militias”.

Hosted by Mehdi Hasan.

Abedi, born in Britain, was brought by the British ‘intelligence’ service to Libya for fighting as a child soldier in a jihadist militia. That totally fucked him up.

The British government has admitted that it “likely” had contacts with two Islamist groups, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and the 17 February Martyrs Brigade, for which the 2017 Manchester Arena bomber, Salman Abedi, and his father reportedly fought during the 2011 war in Libya: here.