‘Torture’ halts aid group’s work in Libya

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The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in prisons in the Libyan city of Misrata because it says detainees are being tortured.

The group, also known by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres, said that since August its medical teams have treated 115 people in Misrata who bore torture-related wounds.

These included cigarette burns, heavy bruising, bone fractures, tissue burns from electric shocks, and kidney failure from beatings. Two detainees died after being interrogated, said the group’s director general Christopher Stokes.

There was no immediate response from Libyan authorities. Britain, which played a key role in the air campaign that helped revolutionary forces overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi, urged Libya’s National Transitional Council to “live up to the high standards they have set themselves.”