UN mission to Libya reports abduction of political activist in Misrata

The United Nations Libya mission (UNSMIL) has called on Libyan authorities to release political activist Al-Moatassim Al-Areebi and end arbitrary detentions.

Al-Areebi, 29, was abducted on Monday in Misrata by unidentified armed men in civilian clothes, along with his friend Mohamed Shtewi, according to a UNSMIL statement.

Shtewi was released after being beaten, but Al-Areebi’s whereabouts remain unknown.

UNSMIL has urged Misrata’s security and law enforcement agencies to investigate the abduction, disclose Al-Areebi’s location, and ensure his safe and immediate release.

Misrata, a port city 200 km (125 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, is under the control of the Tripoli government, which has not commented on the incident.

“Reports of arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment, torture, and deaths in custody committed with impunity continue to plague Libya,” UNSMIL stated.

Libya has experienced little peace or stability since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. The country split in 2014 between eastern factions in Benghazi and western factions in Tripoli, each with rival administrations.

“The Mission has documented at least 60 individuals currently detained across the country for their actual or perceived political affiliation,” UNSMIL added.

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