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French court rejects NGOs request for suspension of delivery of boats to Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

PARIS – The Administrative Court of Paris yesterday rejected a request to suspend the delivery of six boats by the French Ministry of Armed Forces to the Tripoli-based Libyan Coast Guard.

The court considered that this is an act directly related to the conduct of the French government’s external relations and over which the administrative judge has no jurisdiction.

Last February, France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly announced that her country will provide the Tripoli-based Libyan Coast Guard with six boats as part of France’s assistance to Libya to combat the migration flows.

In response, Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other non-governmental organizations took legal action on April 24 to block the delivery of those boats.

Many human rights organizations do not consider Libya to be a safe haven for migrants as they face repeated abuse in the country’s detention centers.

“Once brought back to Libya, these people are then plunged into a system of violence, exploitation and detention,” said Michael Neuman, Director of studies at MSF.

Neuman also revealed that MSF, alongside the other seven organizations involved in this legal action, plans to appeal in cassation before the French Council of State. The Council of State is a body of the French government which acts both as legal adviser of the executive branch and as the supreme court for administrative justice.

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