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Rights group urges Libya militia to release Brits

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BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- The U.S.-based Human Rights Watch is calling on a Libyan militia to immediately release two British journalists and three Libyans traveling with them.

The rights group says that the Misrata-based Saraya Swehli militia detained the Brits nearly a week ago. They work as freelance journalists for Iran's Press TV.

The Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson, said in a statement Monday that militias must stop detaining people and called on the Libyan government to take charge of militia detention facilities.

The rights group says the militia has denied them access to the journalists.

Since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi from power, the country's new leaders have struggled to reign in numerous militias and armed factions.

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