Libya
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The Italian Chamber of Deputies has renewed its financial and material support to the Libyan coast guard. Thanks to the support of the European Union (EU), Italy provides, among other things, speedboats to the Libyan maritime authorities that intercept and return migrants to Libya.

 

The new Italian resolution came just one day after the release of a report showing “the ongoing complicity of European states that have shamefully continued to enable and assist Libyan coastguards in capturing people at sea and forcibly returning them to the hellscape of detention in Libya.” The NGO’s report showed the alarming situation of migrants placed in Libyan detention centres based on several testimonies.

 

It is worth noting that Oxfam published a report revealing that a total of €32.6 million have been allocated to the Libyan coast guard by Italy since 2017.