October 30th, 2011
06:03 AM ET

HRW: Militias terrorizing Libyans accused of working with pro-Gadhafi forces

Militias from the Libyan city of Misrata have beaten and killed displaced residents from the nearby town of Tawergha, accusing them of siding with pro-Gadhafi forces and committing violent crimes in Misrata, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

The rights group said Sunday it interviewed dozens of Tawerghans across the country, including those detained or displaced.

"They gave credible accounts of some Misrata militias shooting unarmed Tawerghans, and of arbitrary arrests and beatings of Tawerghan detainees, in a few cases leading to death."

CNN could not immediately verify the claims.

Local authorities and Misrata residents widely accuse Tawerghans of having committed serious crimes - including murders and rapes - in Misrata with forces loyal to ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Human Rights Watch said.

The group said pro-Gadhafi forces used Tawergha as a base for attacks on Misrata and the surrounding area from March until August. Many Tawerghans supported the 42-year ruler, whose regime claimed that Libyan opposition fighters would enslave Tawerghans if they took power, Human Rights Watch said.

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  1. bobcat2u

    @leeintulsa
    Yeah, you're right lee. A troll is a troll is a troll.

    October 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Uncle Ray

    Being pro Ghaddafi is soooooo last week!

    October 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ bobcat sorry been offline but its easy to figure its george patton when the *mindless teapartier* crap comes out. philip usually has an agenda but that isnt it

    October 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    @chrissy
    Thanks for the heads up. As far as philip, I am very familiar with his rhetoric.
    Are you doing ok today ?

    October 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    yea i am just kinda concerned about my daughter. she was in that storm on the east coast and i havent been able 2 reach her all day. probably one of the millions without power! 😦

    October 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    @chrissy
    Well, I'm sure she's alright and will contact you soon. Don't stress yourself. Enhance your calm. Breathe in. Breath out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Ahhhh Now isn't that better ?

    October 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u

    @chrissy

    This is just one of them "cause I want to know thing."
    I remember on devils night in Detroit that they used set all those crack houses and stuff on fire. Are they still doing that ?
    First time I thought about that in years.

    October 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    actually the count is the lowest in years so they say so far. last nite according to local news was only 9 firer. as you know tho i dont actually live in detroit, just close!

    October 30, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
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  9. bobcat2u

    Yeah I know, but I figured you would have that info.
    Biggest news we get here , is how much the grass grew. lol

    October 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    lmao ya know im a news addict eh? and btw my daughter just texted me she finally got her power on so all is well

    October 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat2u

    That's good news. Now you can relax. That was a lot of snow for so early in the season.

    October 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat2u

    This post is about people getting slaughtered here and yet these mindless, Tea Partying trolls have to blog in here to make a sick joke out of this too. Have these people absolutely no decency in them at all? This is getting to be quite nauseating!!!

    October 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    This post is about people getting slaughtered here and yet these mindless, Tea Partying trolls have to blog in here to make a sick joke out of this too. Have these people absolutely no decency in them at all? This is getting to be quite nauseating!!! Enough is enough. please!

    October 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      Thank you, bobcat2u. Finally somebody here to say something, all those senseless posts above are getting to be such a bore!!! Gee whiz!

      October 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Keep Up

    The Fakes: shut up, please.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
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    July 14, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
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