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UN anti-torture rapporteur requests visit to Libyans detained in UAE

The Association for Victims of Torture and Enforced Disappearance in the UAE said it hopes the Abu Dhabi government will accept the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Forced Disappearance Juan Mendez’s request to visit Libyan businessmen detained in the country.

In a statement issued yesterday, the association said the UN official asked to visit the UAE to investigate accusations of torture practiced by the country’s security services against a number of Libyan detainees.

“In light of the re-election of the UAE as a member of the Human Rights Council and as a gesture of goodwill, we hope the UAE will announce that it accepts the UN Special Rapporteur’s request to visit the Libyan businessmen and investigate reports about the practice of systematic torture against them in Abu Dhabi,” the statement said.

In an interview with Quds Press, Libyan businessman and former UAE detainee in, Mohammed Al-Aradi, welcomed the Special Rapporteur’s position saying it “would do justice to the Libyan businessmen”.

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