Libyan Militias Are Spiralling Out of Control
During a visit to Libya in May and June, Amnesty International found that hundreds of armed militias continue to act above the law, many refusing to disarm or join the national army or police force. The Ministry of Interior told the organization that it has been able to dismantle four militias in Tripoli, a tiny proportion of the total number. In a new report 'Libya: rule of law or rule of militias?', the organization says that nearly a year after Tripoli fell to the revolutionary fighters (thuwwar), ongoing violations -- including arbitrary arrests and detention, torture including to death, impunity for unlawful killings and forcible displacement -- are casting a shadow over the country's first national elections since the fall of al-Gaddafi's regime.