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Statement of the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations regarding the situation of migrants in Libya

Tripoli, 14/07/2021 - 16:20, UNIQUE ID: 210714_34
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The AU-EU-UN Task Force on Libya reiterates its continued commitment to work with Libya and support the overall efforts of the interim Government of National Unity on migration management, in line with international law, and for the benefit of all involved.

We are very concerned about recent developments regarding the situation of migrants and refugees in Libya. We are particularly concerned about the nearly 6,000 of the most vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers currently arbitrarily detained in detention centres by the Libyan authorities. Severe overcrowding, lack of adequate facilities and provision of basic services, restricted humanitarian access and human rights violations result in unacceptable conditions for the men, women and children detained.

In line with the Conclusions of the Second Berlin Conference on Libya, we strongly urge Libyan authorities to end the current arbitrary detention system. In the interim,  and while putting in place a more sustainable solution to asylum and migration management, we call for decongestion through an immediate release of women and children and substantial improvement of conditions in the detention centres to end the current human rights violations. We reiterate our availability to work constructively to achieve these goals, including the provision of alternatives to detention.

We also call on the authorities of Libya to ensure the full resumption of humanitarian evacuations and voluntary return flights for refugees and migrants from Libya without delay and to provide unimpeded access for humanitarian organizations to migrants in all detention centres.

We stress that compliance with human rights principles is a cornerstone of joint work, consistent with the obligations of the Libyan Government as signatories to various conventions on human rights and in accordance with international humanitarian principles to protect migrants under its authority.

We continue to work with Libyan authorities to urgently address these concerns.

 

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