Human rights abuses ‘leave a third of Libyans with mental health problems’

” Research by Dignity – the Danish Institute against Torture – shared with the Guardian, paints a devastating picture of the human consequences of the regionalism, tribalism and factionalism that have wracked the north African country since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi three-and-a-half years ago.

A fifth of households (20%) had a family member who had disappeared, 11% reported having a household member arrested and 5% reported that one had been killed, researchers found. Of those arrested, 46% reported beatings, 20% positional torture or suspensions and 16% suffocation. Between 3% and 5% reported having suffered sexual, thermal or electrical torture.”

Given the facts, there it is clear that mental illness is a real problem amongst Libyans. Yet already some are tossing aside the report as if it doesn’t apply to Libyans! The same mentality allows certain factions to delegitimize the democratic process, and get away with nothing short of murder.


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