British Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs Alistair Burt (L) and Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Taha Siala (R) give a joint press conference at the Libyan foreign ministry in Tripoli on April 9, 2018. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA
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Untold thousands of men, women and children are being held in horrific conditions in Libya by armed groups who subject them to torture and other abuses, a U.N. report said Tuesday.The report however did not look at the widespread abusive detention of migrants in lawless Libya, which has long been a major transit hub for people from Africa and elsewhere trying to reach Europe.According to the report, an estimated 6,500 people were languishing in official prisons overseen by Libya's Judicial Police, under the justice ministry, as of last October. The report called for the immediate release of all those detained arbitrarily in Libya, and urged the authorities to ensure that all of those lawfully detained be transferred to official prisons.
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