UNHCR urges EU to stop sending migrants to Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

The United Nations refugee agency urged the European Union not to send migrants back to Libya, in comments published on Sunday.

The German head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Dominik Bartsch, urged European leaders in an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper to ensure the safety of migrants.

“People rescued by the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean should, under no circumstances, be brought back to the detention camps in Libya,” Bartsch said. “Any political leverage, including from the EU, must be used to end the suffering in the camps.”

He said the intensifying conflict in Libya meant that the camps were increasingly dangerous for migrants.

“The humanitarian situation of the people in the camps is devastating. There is a lack of food, water and many urgently need medical help. In addition, the detention camps in the capital Tripoli are caught in the crossfire of the armed groups.”


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