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IOM condemns recent violence against migrants by GNA police

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI –  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today spoke out against violence unleashed on migrants by police of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) at the Trig Al Sikka detention center in Tripoli, Libya.

“We condemn the use of violence in detention, and ask for urgent access to individuals who have been removed from that detention center,” said IOM Director of Operations and Emergencies, Mohammed Abikder.

“IOM continues to call for alternatives to detention. Placing migrants in detention for irregular entry adds to their many vulnerabilities. The situation is particularly difficult for women and children,” IOM’s Abdiker explained. “No matter the circumstances that led to this particular incident, violence against migrants cannot be justified.”

The United Nations does not have access to the migrants who were moved from the Trig Al Sikka facility, but IOM continues to offer basic, lifesaving services within official detention centers.

IOM works with UN partners to assist migrants to return to their countries of origin and enhance referrals for alternative solutions, including resettlement for those in need of international protection.

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