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    Alleged Torture by Thai Gov | Possible Reconciliation of Libyan Opposition

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    Amnesty International was forced to cancel the release of a report into allegations of torture by Thai authorities following threats of arrest; and, Libya’s Fayez al-Sarraj hinted at a willingness to reconcile with political enemy, General Khalifa Haftar.

    The human rights group Amnesty International has been forced to cancel its official launch of a report into the Thai authorities' alleged use of torture, following threats of arrests leveled at two of the event's speakers. Just minutes before the event was due to take place, the authorities made clear that two of the speakers faced arrest if they went ahead and addressed the media, given that they do not have work permits. We speak to Josef Benedict, Deputy Director for Amnesty’s South-East Asia & Pacific Regional Office; and, Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk.

    Last week the renegade Libyan General Khalifa Haftar took over the country's oil crescent, forcing his main political enemy, the UN-backed government in Tripoli, to reassess its relationship with his forces.  Yesterday, the Prime Minister of the UN-backed government, Fayez al-Sarraj, announced for the first time his willingness to reconcile with the opposition government supported by General Haftar, but how likely is this? We speak to former British Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles.

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