The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) said it had been deeply concerned about the legal and humanitarian statuses of the prisoners in the Benghazi- based Kuwaifiya prison. The prisoners – civilian families and former regime individuals who were stuck in Ganfouda and were recently arrested by pro-Haftar forces – were thrown into the jail arbitrarily, it added. NCHRL said on Sunday that after some of the families that were trapped in Ganfouda, western Benghazi, were forced out of the district along with some of the prisoners who were released by Benghazi Shura Council, the pro-Haftar forces took them to a military checkpoint and then kept them for investigations. “However, we were surprised to hear that they had been tortured physically and psychologically by the Benghazi military policemen and then sent to the notorious Kuwaifiya prison again, claiming that the freed prisoners still have cases relating to their ties with Gaddafi regime.” NCHRL’s statement says. It called on the Justice Ministry of Al-Thanni-chaired government in eastern Libya and the justice and human rights committee of the House of Representatives to exert efforts for freeing the detainees, prisoners and families that were arrested upon their departure from Ganfouda as it would be a positive gesture in the path to comprehensive national reconciliation, peace and stability in Libya.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday that the Turkish people are on course for one of the most critical struggles in the country’s history, but it will continue decisively on its way. Speaking at a council meeting of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Erdoğan said that Turkey’s “independence war” continues in earnest and called on all sectors of society to support their country in the struggle. “I hope that all Turkish people see that truth; Turkey is in one of the most critical fights in its history,” he said. “We call it an ‘independence war,’ because it is only comparable to the Gallipoli War or Turkish War of Independence.” He emphasized that some internal opponents harm Turkey due to their hostility toward himself. “They are trying to sink the ship just because they could not take down the captain,” he said. Erdoğan pointed to the upcoming referendum for the constitutional amendment package that includes a switch to a presidential system, saying that he hopes Turkish people will vote in favor of change.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, In an address to Iranian Air Force commanders and personnel in Tehran, reminded the new US president that Iran is not afraid of threats, and said Trump has done Iran a favor by disclosing the magnitude of corruption in the US and showing the real face of America to the world. “With his words and deeds during the election campaign and in recent days, the new (US) president has plainly exposed the real nature of the US before the eyes of people of the world, and is revealing what the true US is,” Imam Khamenei added. As regards Trump’s comment that Iran “should have been thankful” for Obama’s administration, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “We are by no means thankful for that administration because it imposed heavy sanctions with the intent to cripple the Iranian nation and the Islamic Establishment, an objective it did not achieve, and no other enemy will be able to cripple this great nation either.
Syrian authorities have killed as many as 13,000 people – possibly more – since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” Amnesty International said on Tuesday. In a new report covering the period from 2011 to 2015, Amnesty said 20-50 people were hanged each week at Saydnaya Prison in killings authorized by senior Syrian officials, including deputies of President Bashar Assad, and carried out by military police. The report referred to the killings as a “calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed a US-led coalition against ISIL in Syria as “illusive,” saying the terrorist group “was expanding” during the operation.Speaking to a group of Belgian reporters, Assad has also cast doubt at new US President Donald Trump’s pledge to fight ISIL terrorists, SANA reported. Assad also said US-Russian cooperation in stepping up the fight against ISIL, as suggested by Trump, would have positive repercussions but it was too early to expect any practical steps. Assad said the European Union should have no role in the reconstruction of Syria unless it changes its policy toward the country. EU countries, he said, back militants who inflicted destruction on Syria. He also accused UN institutions of acting unfairly towards his country, saying “they are biased because of the American influence and the French and British, mainly.” He made the remarks in response to a December decision by the UN General Assembly to gather evidence on war crimes in Syria towards prosecuting those responsible for atrocities there.”For me, as president, when I do my duty, the same for the government and for the army, to defend our country, we don’t look to this issue, we don’t care about it,” he added.
On Monday,president of the Republic of Azerbaijan IlhamAliyev has met with President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker in Brussels. Satisfaction in the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union, confidence in further development of relations were expressed at the meeting. It was emphasized that the work continued on a new document on cooperation and partnership between Azerbaijan and the European Union, after the signing of which relations in all spheres would be further strengthened and expanded. Azerbaijan’s cooperation in the field of dialogue among civilizations and cultures with the countries of the world, including with the European Union was highly assessed during the meeting.
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir accused the Egyptian government of harbouring and backing Sudanese opposition figures fighting his troops, in remarks broadcast on Sunday. In his first such accusation against Cairo, Bashir said in an interview broadcast by Al-Arabiya that Sudanese opposition figures were “backed by Egyptian intelligence services”. “We raise this issue every time when we meet Egyptian officials,” said Bashir. Sudanese troops are fighting rebels in three conflict regions — Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
“I’m not accusing President Sisi. I’m accusing the regime.”Bashir also denied allegations that Khartoum was hosting several members of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement banned by Cairo.Bashir reiterated that Sudan will protest to the United Nations if Egypt does not end its occupation of a border region claimed by his country.”TheHalayeb triangle is Sudanese and we will not make anyconcessions,” he said.
Turkey and the U.K. have agreed upon the importance of reaching a settlement on the divided island of Cyprus ahead of next week’s summit in the Swiss capital, Geneva, according to a Downing Street statement on Saturday. The Cyprus reunification talks will start on Jan. 9 in Geneva, but they resumed in May 2015, and both sides have repeatedly expressed optimism that a solution would be found by the end of last year. If a deal is reached on territorial changes, negotiators are expected to announce a date for a final summit between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders and three other states involved in the process as guarantor countries: Turkey, Greece, and the U.K. Once a final agreement is reached, it would be put to both communities in a referendum.