TRIPOLI, Libya, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Allegations of torture and rights abuses by rebels who overthrew Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime were emerging from Libya Saturday.
The group Human Rights Watch reported it had interviewed 53 people who had been detained by rebels in Tripoli during the uprising that began in February. The group said many told of, and showed signs of being beaten or tortured, The New York Times reported.
The alleged abuses occurred in Tripoli within the last month after rebels under the auspices of the National Transitional Council overran the capital and sent Gadhafi into hiding.
The international rights group said it appeared sub-Saharan Africans or dark-skinned Libyans and those with certain regional accents were the predominant targets of arrest and brutal interrogation.
A 36-year-old man who didn't want his name published told the Times he was blindfolded, hung from the ceiling by his arms, given electric shocks and beaten on the back of his thighs before he was released after four days.
While the National Transitional Council has been recognized by the majority of international governments, Libya still has "weak central authority," the newspaper reported.