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GNA police crush asylum seekers’ protests

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Tripoli – Around 50 asylum seekers have been injured after police members of the internationally-backed Government of National Accord used “excessive force” against the individuals protesting against detention under “horrible conditions” in Libya.

The foreign nationals staged protests at the Sikka detention center, where they have been detained for months with no prospects of solutions.

Some 400 national protesters consisted of individuals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan voiced their concerns.

Shabia Mantoo, the spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the agency was troubled by reports of the use of force against protesting asylum seekers.

“UNHCR is concerned about the situation of prolonged detention that many refugees are facing in Libya,” Mantoo said.

Currently, there are 5,700 refugees and migrants in detention, of whom 4 100 are assessed to be of concern to UNHCR and may have international protection needs.

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