The Human Rights “Success” In Libya / Glenn Greenwald

  It quickly became ossified conventional wisdom that NATO’s war in Libya to aid rebel factions in overthrowing Moammar Gaddafi was a clear human rights victory. But the reality in post-Gaddafi Libya has long been in tension with that claim, and that’s true today more so than ever: Doctors Without Borders is halting work in detention centers in the Libyan city of Misrata because detainees are “tortured and denied urgent medical care,” the international aid agency said Thursday.The agency known by its French acronym MSF said it has treated 115 people with torture-related wounds from interrogation sessions.Some of the patients treated were tortured again after they were returned to detention centers, according to the agency.“Some officials have sought to exploit and obstruct MSF’s medical work,” said Christopher Stokes, the agency general director.“Patients were brought to us for medical care between interrogation sessions, so that they would be fit for further interrogation. This is unacceptable. Our role is to provide medical care to war casualties and sick detainees, not to repeatedly treat the same patients between torture sessions”. . . .Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, voiced similar concerns about torture in Libya.

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