Published On: Tue, Dec 12th, 2017

European governments support human rights violations happening in Libya: Amnesty International

A migrant gestures from behind the bars of a cell at the detention centre in Garian, Libya, Tuesday 31 January 2017. The Garian detention centre, located 70 kilometres south of Tripoli, was constructed in 2006 following an agreement between the Italian and Libyan governments in an attempt to stem the flow of migrants reaching Italy. When UNICEF visited the centre on 31 January 2017, the population consisted of 27 women (four of whom were pregnant), one 11-month old child, a four year old, as well as 1,352 men - of which 250 were under the age of 16. The centre is at the crossroads of areas controlled by different militias fighting with each other: the Warshafana, the militias of Tripoli and the militias who support Haftar in Benghazi. For this reason it is a very dangerous centre, for officers who work there and for migrants in detention. The detention centre is currently managed by the Libyan National Army, and most migrants remain there for a period of 8 to 10 months according to the manager Abdalhamad Altunisa. "Children are often alone, they cross 2000 kilometres of desert without their families, and they are rescued at sea without documents”, said Altunisia “this makes it difficult for us to know their real nationality and age. Before 2014 we brought them back to the border between Nigeria and Libya to take them back to their countries, but after the last civil war it was much more difficult. Those areas are dangerous even for us”. Migrants who were being held in the cells said they are rarely allowed out. Many of the those being held are sick, and some detainees are said to have passed away because they have no access to medical care. The director of the centre, Altunisa, said "the official government [of Sarraj] does not give us the money to pay salaries and to pay those who bring us food. So often we do not have enough food or drinking water. This winter was particularly cold and in recent weeks 15 migrants froze to death." Libya is a country in tur

The Amnesty International, the world renowned human rights organisation, has alleged that the European governments are supporting the human rights violations happening in the embattled North African country of Libya by giving special training and supplying ships and financial aid to the Libyan coastguards who are involved in the process of intercepting the migrants and refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach the prosperous land of Europe in search of a peaceful and dignified life; by supporting the detention centres operating under Libya’s General Directorate for Combating Illegal Migration which is said to be functioning to do the process of segregation of illegal and genuine asylum seekers who have been sent to the camp by the coastguards who intercepted them with the help of the knowledge, fund and technology provided by Europe.

The International human rights organisation and an renowned UK based media house have reported that the migrants and refugees, who are living in these detention camps operating in a country where no law or credible government exists, are suffering serious human rights violations.

The human rights organisation has observed that the European governments’ funds are indirectly reaching the hands of criminal gangs, militants and unauthorized officials.

It has further alleged that though the European governments know what is happening in Libya, they are purposefully keeping their mouth shut to attain their goal of bringing down the rate of migrant and refugee flow from Africa to Europe.

 

Vignesh. S. G

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European governments support human rights violations happening in Libya: Amnesty International