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Free Migrants Detained in Libya, Human Rights Officials Say

Free Migrants Detained in Libya, Human Rights Officials Say

Two senior human rights officials say they want the 5,600 refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centers freed and their protection guaranteed.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and International Organization for Migration Director Antonio Vitorino issued a joint statement Thursday. They said if Libya cannot guarantee safety for the migrants, they need to be evacuated to other countries "where accelerated settlement is needed."

The two officials described Libya as a place where "suffering and risk of human rights abuses continue" for refugees. "A safe, managed process of release with proper information on available assistance is essential for all."

Grandi and Vitorino also said migrants picked up in the Mediterranean Sea must no longer be sent back to Libya, as it cannot be considered a safe port.

They pointed to last week's airstrike on a detention center near Tripoli, which killed more than 50, as one of the perils faced by refugees returned to Libya.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
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13 2019 10:53 -

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