EU Project Supports Victims of Torture

Fifty Libyan officials who serve with the Judicial Police (Ministry of Justice), the Department for Combating Illegal Migration (Ministry of Interior), and the Military Police (Ministry of Defense) in Tripoli, Benghazi, Sabha, Zawiya, Zintan, and five other cities, as well as expert trainers from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) attended a three-day training workshop on the treatment of detainees organised in the framework of the EU-funded project “Support to Victims of Torture and Enforced Disappearance

The workshop, held on 6 May in Tripoli under the theme ”Raising Awareness of Prison Officials on Human Rights Standards and Building the Capacity of State Institutions to Guarantee the Humane Treatment of Detainees in Libya”, features case studies, question & answer sessions, role-playing, and mock scenarios.

The 50 participants representing the Libyan Judicial Police, Military Police, and the Department Combating Illegal Migration, drafted a series of recommendations to be addressed by the Libyan government and Libyan legislative assembly including amplifying the efforts of civil society organisations in monitoring detention facilities and raising awareness for the fight against torture, providing all logistical and financial needs of detention facilities and improve their infrastructure and raise the efficiency of workers within detention facilities through a series of training sessions and transfer of knowledge, especially for officers from regions outside of Tripoli.

A graduation ceremony was held at the end of the training session, in which high level representatives of Libyan institutions and the EU Delegation to Libya were present.

The project, implemented by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) also provides psycho-social support to victims of torture and ill treatment.

(Source: EU Neighbourhood Info)

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