Amnesty International has published a new report on the situation of migrants and refugees in Libya. In this report, the organisation gathered testimonies of the violence inflicted on refugees and migrants in Libya and described them as “unsustainable”.
“Libya, a country torn apart by years of war, has become even more dangerous for refugees and migrants seeking a better life … Instead of receiving protection, they are subjected to numerous and terrible human rights abuses,” the NGO said in its report “Between Life and Death: Refugees and migrants trapped in the terrifying cycle of violence in Libya.”
Amnesty’s Deputy Regional Director for North Africa and the Middle East, Diana Eltahawy, said: “Instead of receiving protection, they are subjected to many terrible human rights abuses, and they are also being unjustly accused of spreading the Covid-19 pandemic, based on racist and xenophobic considerations.”
In this context, the NGO called on the European Union to review its cooperation with the Libyan authorities and to provide them with additional assistance only if they take measures to stop the violence inflicted on refugees and migrants