Libya's Mufti, Sheikh Al-Sadiq El-Gharyani, says that human rights slogans have become a smokescreen used by specific parties to harm and destroy countries.

On his weekly program on the Tannasuh TV channel on Wednesday, the Mufti said that what is happening in Afghanistan is another example in this respect, as the Afghan nation "is facing an embargo and suffering at all levels" under this pretext.

He accused the international community of turning a blind eye to many gross human rights violations.

"Human rights abuses have been going on for years in Libya, especially in prisons run by the Rada Special Deterrence Force."

Sheikh El-Gharyani spotlighted the conditions of prisoners in the Mitiga prison who -according to his statements- started a prolonged hunger strike to protest the ill-treatment and lengthy detention without charge or trial.

"Their captors are the judge and the opponent at the same time, while the international community paid no heed to the prisoners' calls, who have been on hunger strike for years."

In the same context, the UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, confirmed in a recent briefing before the UN Security Council that dozens of detainees in the Mitiga prison run by the Rada Force had gone on a hunger strike in protest of their detention conditions.