UN mission "concerned" over activist abduction in Libya-Xinhua

UN mission "concerned" over activist abduction in Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2024-07-11 04:19:15|Editor: huaxia

TRIPOLI, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed deep concern Wednesday over the abduction of a political activist earlier this week in Misurata, northwestern Libya.

Al-Moatassim Areebi, 29, was seized by unidentified armed men on Monday alongside Mohamed Shtewi, who was later released after being beaten, according to a UNSMIL statement. Areebi's whereabouts remain unknown.

"UNSMIL reiterates the call made by members of the Misurata Municipal Council and community representatives urging the city's security and law enforcement agencies to urgently investigate the abduction of Mr. Al-Areebi, disclose his whereabouts, and secure his safe and immediate release," the statement said.

UNSMIL has documented at least 60 individuals currently detained across Libya for their actual or perceived political affiliation, the statement said.

UNSMIL called for the "immediate and unconditional release of all arbitrarily detained individuals and accountability for those responsible."

Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, Libya has suffered escalating violence, insecurity, and political instability.