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EU ’Complicit’ in Libyan Govt. HR Violations against Migrants: Amnesty
EU ’Complicit’ in Libyan Govt. HR Violations against Migrants: Amnesty
 
 
Islam Times - Amnesty International accused on Tuesday the European governments of being “complicit” in grave human rights violations in Libya through their support for authorities who work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants.
 
The advocacy group said up to 20,000 people were now held in these centers and subject to “torture, forced labor, extortion, and unlawful killings”, adding to similar allegations made by other rights organizations over the past months, Reuters reported.

“European governments have not just been fully aware of these abuses; by actively supporting the Libyan authorities in stopping sea crossings and containing people in Libya, they are complicit in these crimes,” John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s head for Europe, said.

Libya is the main gateway for migrants trying to cross to Europe by sea. Determined to cut African immigration across the Mediterranean, the governments, via the European Union, have provided support to Libya, trained its coastguard and spent millions of euro as a result of which migrants numbers have dropped sharply.

Amnesty said the Libyan coastguards - which the EU backs to intercept people heading for Europe - work hand-in-hand with people smugglers, including in torturing people to extort money.

“By supporting Libyan authorities in trapping people in Libya ... European governments have shown where their true priorities lie: namely the closure of the central Mediterranean route, with scant regard to the suffering caused,” said Dalhuisen.
 
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