HRW urges Libya to amend new security law Jennie Ryan at 10:01 AM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] to amend a new law [press release] that protects people who committed crimes during last year's Libya conflict [JURIST backgrounder]. The new law protects from prosecution those whose actions were focused on "promoting or protecting the revolution" against Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Additionally, the law allows police to detain people who are considered "threats to security" for up to two months. According to HRW, the law should be amended immediately because "[h]olding accountable all those responsible for serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law is critical for the new Libya to be based on the rule of law." HRW is also concerned that the portion of the law allowing for prolonged detention, because they argue that such detentions should be "based on concrete evidence of wrongdoing rather than on past affiliations." The law is set to take effect Saturday.
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