Abdussalam Abu Na'ama describes how his five sons were arrested by Qadhafi forces and taken to Bab al-Aziziyah compound during the Tripoli fighting in August 2011 and have been missing since.
UNSMIL is urging and assisting the General Prosecutor and relevant ministries to accelerate the processing of conflict-related detainees, put into place protection measures to prevent and investigate torture and mistreatment in detention facilities and devise a prosecutorial strategy to deal with the trials of senior former regime members.
UNSMIL has undertaken regular visits to detention centres across the country during which advice was given to those controlling the detention centres on international standards for the security and safety of detainees. UNSMIL has urged the government to commence state inspections and the earliest possible assumption of state control of detention facilities and processing of cases in accordance with the law. UNSMIL raised its strong concern with the Libyan Government at the highest levels, and has continued to do so when cases of torture in detention and deaths from torture were brought to its attention.
UNSMIL is working with the Judicial Police to increase its capacity to establish control over more prisons, and receive detainees transferred to prisons under the custody of the Ministry of Justice. It is assisting to enhance the capacity of the Judicial Police to address existing challenges, including the lack of trained staff, the destruction of significant parts of the penitentiary infrastructure and security problems.