UN Mission in Libya Reports Kidnapping of a Political Activist in Misrata

UN Mission in Libya Reports Kidnapping of a Political Activist in Misrata

On Wednesday, the United Nations mission in Libya (UNSMIL) demanded that the Libyan government release political activist Al-Moatassim Al-Areebi and put an end to his arbitrary detentions.

Al-Areebi, 29, and his buddy Mohamed Shtewi were kidnapped on Monday in Misrata by unidentified armed individuals dressed in civilian clothes, the mission said in a statement.

UNSMIL said that Al-Areebi’s whereabouts “remain unknown,” but Shtewi was freed “after being beaten.”

UNSMIL called on the security and law enforcement services in Misrata city to look into Al-Areebi’s kidnapping as soon as possible, reveal his location, and arrange for his safe and prompt release.

About 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Tripoli, the capital, lies the port city of Misrata. Although it has not responded to comments on the issue, the Tripoli administration is thought to be in authority of Misrata.

According to the mission, Libya is still plagued by “reports of arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment, torture, and deaths in custody committed with impunity.”

Since Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown in an insurrection supported by NATO in 2011, Libya has had little peace or stability.

2014 saw a split, with opposing administrations ruling in each region, between eastern factions in Benghazi, the second-largest city, and western factions in Tripoli.

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