Update on the detention situation of prisoners of Sub-Saharan descent in Libya
The United States of America today voiced concern on the detention situation of sub-Saharan migrants who are still being detained based apparently on their skin color and an assumption that they have supported Qadhafi. The U.S. government remains troubled by reports of their treatment while in detention. The world leader also urged the TNC to honor its stated commitment to the rule of law and respect for the universal human rights of all people in Libya. The U.S. government stressed that it will continue to engage the TNC on this issue moving forward.
Additionally, the United States remains very concerned about the fate of the civilians, non-combatants and detainees in Sirte. It calls on all parties to avoid civilian casualties, to treat prisoners in accordance with International Humanitarian Law, and to refrain from all acts of retribution.