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Refugees with TB ‘left to die’ in Detention Centres

Amid ongoing conflict in and around the capital, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville (pictured) expressed deep concern about the “ghastly conditions” in which migrants and refugees are being detained in the capital Tripoli and elsewhere. He explained that at the Zintan facility south of Tripoli, 22 people had died of tuberculosis – which is preventable – and […]

Pope appeals for Evacuation of Refugees

Pope Francis called on Sunday for the evacuation of refugees held in detention camps in Libya as fighting there escalates, reported Reuters. Speaking at the Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican, Francis said the already grave conditions of those in the camps had worsened due to the conflict under way. “I make an appeal that […]

UN calls for Release of Detainees caught in Libyan Crossfire

UNHCR issues urgent appeal for release and evacuation of detained refugees caught in Libyan crossfire In light of the dramatically worsening security situation in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urgently calling for the immediate release of refugees and migrants from places of detention. Many of these facilities are in areas where […]

Protecting Migrants in Libya is IOM Primary Focus

With regard to its activities in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) would like to clarify that we follow the UN position indicating that Libya cannot yet be considered a safe port. IOM in Libya is present at the disembarkation points to deliver primary assistance to migrants that have been rescued at sea. However, […]

Amnesty says EU Abandoning Migrants in Libya

From Amnesty International: EU: Diminished “Operation Sophia” abandons refugees and migrants to reckless Libyan Coast Guard Reacting to reports that EU governments have agreed to significantly downscale the EunavforMed Operation ‘Sophia’, withdrawing ships from the central Mediterranean and only continuing the mission with air surveillance, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Researcher Director said: “This is an […]

Refugees face Sexual Violence in Libyan Detention Centres

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) has released the second in a series of groundbreaking studies looking into sexual violence against men and boys affected by conflict. The report ‘More Than One Million Pains’: Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys on the Central Mediterranean Route to Italy,” explores one of the most dangerous migration passageways in […]

The Continuing Tragedy of Migrants in Libya

By The Brookings Institution. The Continuing Tragedy of Migrants in Libya Since 2017—when CNN released a groundbreaking report on migrant slave auctions in Libya, and Italy and Libya’s Government of National Accord reached a migration deal (one of two in the country)—migrants’ misery continues and may have intensified. That agreement was endorsed by European leaders […]

Europe’s “Shameful Failure” to end Torture of Refugees in Libya

From Amnesty International: Europe’s shameful failure to end the torture and abuse of refugees and migrants in Libya Farah, a young man from Somalia, his wife and newborn daughter had been at sea for 12 hours when the Libyan coastguard intercepted their dinghy. The couple had fled Libya after enduring several months of torture in […]