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(CNN) -- Libyan rebels are arbitrarily detaining dozens of civilians suspected of being loyal to ruler Moammar Gadhafi and are holding them without trial or due process, Human Rights Watch charged Sunday.
At least one person is thought to have died in custody, with his body showing signs of torture, the group said in a report based on visits to rebel-held parts of Libya.
# The Libyan rebel leadership also is accused of humanitarian lapse in al-Obeidy situation
A high-level U.S. State Department source said Sunday al-Obeidy had left Libya and was on the way to Malta with her father. Al-Obeidy, who is being accompanied by a U.N. Human Rights Commission representative, will eventually head to a processing center in Europe before leaving for a final destination, the source said.
On Saturday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell traveled to Benghazi and reiterated support for the Transitional National Council. "These people at the top of this organization are genuine believers in democracy in the rule of law," Hague told the BBC Sunday.
It is difficult to tell exactly how many civilians are being held without charge because some are held by militias and because the rebels do not clearly distinguish between civilian detainees and captured pro-Gadhafi fighters, Human Rights Watch said.