Published on The Independent, August 9, 2010.
Libya’s government has announced it will compensate some people it had wrongfully imprisoned, the latest step in an effort to draw a line under a history of human rights abuses.
The categories of ex-prisoner who will be eligible for compensation payments include people who were detained without trial and prisoners who were convicted but later acquitted, the Justice Ministry said in a statement on its internet site.
A campaigner with Human Rights Watch welcomed the announcement of compensation but said nearly 300 people are being wrongfully held in a prison run by Libya’s internal security agency and should be released … //
… The newspaper, citing what it called informed sources, said the compensation would range between 1,000 (£495) and 2,000 Libyan dinars for each month of imprisonment.
“I think it’s an interesting sign,” said Heba Morayef, a researcher for New York-based Human Rights Watch. But she said her group’s focus was on the 280 people it believed were being wrongfully held in the Abu Salim jail, near Tripoli. (full text).