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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re looking at a recent report that warns the killing and torture of civilians by law enforcement agents and militias in Libya has become “endemic”. We’re also hearing why the humanitarian aid system needs an urgent overhaul, and getting the latest from Somalia, where UNICEF warns unprecedented numbers of children are dying from malnutrition.

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Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers were among those tortured and killed by law enforcement agents and militias, mainly in Libya’s detention centres. (Keystone/AP)

Torture and killings of civilians by Libyan law enforcement ‘endemic’. Extrajudicial killings and torture of civilians in Libya has become “endemic”, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) has warned, following reports that at least 581 people were killed by law enforcement agents and militias between January 2020 and March 2022, including Libyan nationals and migrants. However, the OMCT has warned the figure could be just the “tip of the iceberg”.

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At least 23 children have been killed in the ongoing nationwide protests in Iran, including some as young as 11. The deaths were caused by live ammunition, metal pellets at close range, and fatal beatings, the United Nations said on Tuesday, adding that an unspecified number of children had been arrested during school raids, and some sent for psychological treatment. Amnesty International has accused the country’s security forces of targeting young people “with absolute impunity”. Protests have erupted worldwide following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last month at the hands of Iran's morality police.

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