The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Laura Boldrini, a member of Italy’s parliament, has called on her country’s government to brief the parliament on the killing of three migrants by coast of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which receive funding and training from Rome.
“The outcome was tragic for people who were intercepted at sea and tried to escape from detention in those centers where torture, harassment and violence are committed,” said Boldrini, who previously served as a spokesperson to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for Southern Europe.
“Italy can no longer tolerate these criminal methods. It must not fund the Libyan coast guard,” Boldrini said.
Three migrants were shot dead by GNA coast guard at Khums disembarkation point on Monday night, UNHCR said.
The shooting occurred after more than 70 people were disembarked from a vessel.
“This incident underlines starkly that Libya is not a safe port for disembarkation,” said UNHCR’s Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation, Vincent Cochetel.