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UNHCR: Returning people to Libya cannot be considered a rescue

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that no migrants should be returned to Libya as fighting continues in Tripoli,

A spokesman for the UNHCR, Charlie Yaxley said Tuesday, returning people to Libya cannot be considered a rescue.

“In the past week, around 944 people are known to have departed in boats from the Libyan coast. We know that 65 drowned in the incident off Tunisia, but of the survivors, 65 percent were subsequently disembarked in Libya. The UNHCR has repeatedly called that at this time nobody should be returned to Libya, there are no safe ports there and we cannot consider this to be a rescue if people are being returned to dire conditions inside Tripoli detention centers”, Yaxley said.

A source from the Libya Interim Government has said that the detention centers in the cities controlled by the government of Fayez al-Sarraj are not safe and are guarded by armed militias who are themselves involved in human trafficking and slave markets.

The source confirmed that all the migrant centers in the areas secured by the Libyan National Army are safe and have no human rights violations, and are under constant follow-up by UNHCR and international human rights organizations.

 

 

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