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Operation Sophia trains Libyan Coastguards

The “Visit, Board, Search and Seizure” training module for 41 Libyan trainees ended on 19 July with the closing ceremony in the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, Crete (Greece). The three-week module consisted of both theoretical and practical lectures, including topics as International Human Rights, Basic First Aid and Gender […]

NGOs challenge French donation to Libyan Coast Guard

Amnesty challenges French government’s ‘reckless’ donation to Libyan Coast Guard Eight NGOs have legally challenged the French government’s decision to donate six boats to the Libyan Navy, which includes the Libyan Coast Guard. Amnesty International is one of eight NGOs demanding that delivery of the boats is suspended, believing they would be used to intercept refugees and migrants […]

IOM asks Libya Not to Send Migrants Back to Detention

William Lacy Swing, head of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, appealed to the Libyan authorities to stop detaining migrants after they have been intercepted by the Coast Guard after seeking to cross the Mediterranean. IOM also seeks to speed up the process of voluntary return of migrants to their countries of origin. “In my meeting […]

Number of detained Refugees and Migrants Soars

From Amnesty International: A surge in migrants and refugees intercepted at sea by the Libyan authorities in the past two months has seen at least 2,600 people transferred to squalid detention centres where they face torture and extortion, Amnesty International said today. Last month alone, the Libyan Coast Guard intercepted 1,485 women, men and children […]

UN calls EU policy on Migrants in Libya ‘Inhuman’

UN human rights chief: Suffering of migrants in Libya outrage to conscience of humanity The UN Human Rights chief today expressed dismay at the sharp increase in the number of migrants held in horrific conditions at detention facilities in Libya, saying the European Union’s policy of assisting the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept and return […]

Coast Guard Sinks Oil Tanker

By John Lee. The Libyan coastguard reportly shelled and sank an oil tanker near the Tunisian border on Friday. According to a report from Maritime Executive, the Comoros-flagged Goeast was loading fuel from an offshore loading pipeline off Abu Kammash when the coast guard approached and attempted to contact it to prepare for boarding and inspection; […]

Italy Strengthens Cooperation with Libya amid Human Rights Concerns

Italy further strengthens cooperation with Libya amid human rights concerns The Italian Ministry of Interior published statistics this week showing that arrivals from Libya have dramatically decreased over the summer. Italy has taken further steps to enhance cooperation with Libya on migration control. Latest data published by the Italian Ministry of Interior this week show […]

Italy offers to Train Libyan Coastguard

By Jobn Lee. Italy has reportedly offered to train 1,000 members of the Libyan coast guard this year ons “anti illegal emigration service“, “criminal investigations”, and “theoretical and practical instruction” for motorboat crews. According to ANSAMed, the offer was made during the meeting of the joint Italy-Libya committee on the fight against human trafficking. Italy […]