UN condemns forced eviction of Tawerghan families from camp in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemned the forced eviction of the displaced Tawerghan families from Tariq al-Matar camp in Tripoli on Friday, leaving them homeless for the second time in seven years.

“Entering an IDP camp while people are sleeping, demolishing homes and forcing people to flee, rendering them homeless, violates their dignity and their right to protection under International Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws,” said Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General to Libya, Ghassan Salame.

The camp, which has some 2,000 IDPs, was raided this week by a Tripoli security apparatus, resulting in the detention of more than 80 displaced people, including four minors accused of criminal activities.

Libya has an obligation to prevent displacement, to protect the displaced, to help them and to find durable solutions for them. The United Nations calls on the authorities to provide shelter and protection to the evacuated IDPs, to release those who have been arbitrarily detained and to bring to justice those suspected of crimes without delay, UNSMIL stated.

The United Nations stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected and to work with the authorities to find sustainable solutions for all displaced people in Libya, UNSMIL said.



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