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Amnesty International calls on GNA to “immediately” release migrants trapped in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Amnesty International, a human rights organization, has called on the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) to “immediately release all migrants and refugees from these horrific detention centres where they are held illegally and face appalling abuse and torture.”

Responding to a news report that more than 700 refugees and migrants in Libya were trapped in a detention center in Qasr bin Ghasher in close proximity to intense armed clashes in Tripoli, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Magdalena Mughrabi, said “authorities must do everything to ensure the safety of these men, women and children, left without access to food, water and other essentials amid the escalating violence in and around Tripoli.”

Amnesty accused European governments of helping fuel this crisis by “actively supporting” GNA in stopping sea crossings and containing people in Libya.

“By actively supporting the Libyan authorities in stopping sea crossings and containing people in Libya, European governments have helped to fuel this crisis. The renewed conflict in Tripoli shows yet again how crucial it is for EU member states to ensure safe routes out of Libya for migrants and refugees.”

“EU member states must also reconsider their support for the Libyan Coast Guard, which has returned countless migrants and refugees back to Libya where they face arbitrary and indefinite detention, torture, extortion and sexual violence, among other serious violations.”

Yesterday, British newspaper The Guardian reported that migrants detained Tajoura and Tripoli are being forced support militias aligned with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

The Guardian: Migrants forced to support militias aligned with GNA

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