The EU plan: Libya is not Turkey

A key olicy argument for keeping migrants in Libya is that it will protect them from falling into the hands of people smugglers. But we have no way of knowing how many die before they reach the Mediterranean.In Libya, we have no official data on migrant deaths. Leaving Libya became an emergency and his family fled northward across the Mediterranean.Without any way to track migrant deaths in Libya and other African transit countries such as Algeria or Niger it is not possible to know the number of migrant deaths in these countries. In other cases, migrants may be trafficked from Libya to Italy.There are alternative ways that the EU could manage this large movement of people. These alternatives require further cooperation from a fragmented EU.Forcing migrants to stay in Libya is not the same as forcing migrants to stay in Turkey.

February 22, 2017 10:54 UTC

'The Sarraj government is not legal', says Libya parliament leader

Middle East Eye: The House of Representatives (HoR) has yet to ratify the December 2015 Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat [Morocco]. Lastly, the Libyan Political Agreement requires that the terms of the accord be included in the Constitutional Declaration. They have promised to support the Libyan army in the fight against terrorism and to work directly with our parliament and government. Meanwhile, in Tripoli, the Fajr Libya militia [the Libya Dawn movement that took power in the capital in 2014] destroyed our vital institutions. But according to the Constitutional Declaration itself, the Libyan parliament has the right to alter it.

February 22, 2017 10:32 UTC

Another 171 Nigerians deported from Libya

Another 171 Nigerians deported from LibyaBarely a week after 161 Nigerians returned from Libya, another batch of 171 Nigerians were yesterday deported from the troubled North African country. The 171 Nigerians landed at the cargo section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, at about 4p.m, courtesy of the Federal Government and International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM). Among the returnees were 109 female adults, two female children and one infant. The Federal Government however, assured that the evacuation programme from Libya, being the seventh in about 14 months, will not continue endlessly, but would soon be wrapped up. Unlike the 161 that voluntarily returned last week, yesterday’s returnees were actually forced out of Libya by the hostile treatment meted out to blacks by Libyan citizens and the authorities.

February 22, 2017 02:14 UTC

Indian doctor from A.P. freed in Libya

India has secured the release of a national who was kidnapped in Libya, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Tuesday evening. To return home soonRamamurthy Kosanam, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, is currently with the Indian diplomatic officials in Libya and is likely to return home soon. “We have rescued Dr. Ramamurthy Kosanam in Libya. Dr. Kosanam has suffered a bullet injury. We are bringing him to India shortly,” said Ms. Swaraj on a social media platform.

February 22, 2017 00:45 UTC

171 more Nigerians voluntarily return from Libya

171 more Nigerians voluntarily return from LibyaNo fewer than 171 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-1NB. The new sets of returnees were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya. Addressing newsmen, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, commended the IOM for facilitating the return of the Nigerians. ”According to her, the Federal Government, IOM and some states have put up programmes in place to rehabilitate Nigerians who volunteered to return from Libya in order to reintegrate them into the society. The post 171 more Nigerians voluntarily return from Libya appeared first on Vanguard News.

February 21, 2017 19:38 UTC

Libya deports 171 Nigerians - BusinessDay : News you can trust

171 Nigerian returnees from Libya today arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos recounting their ordeal in search of greener pastures. The returnees were received by Special Adviser and Diaspora and Foriegn Affairs, Abike Dabiri – Erewa who cautioned Nigerians to desist from dangerous search for greener in Libya. She cautioned parents to advise their children against such risky ventures of traveling to foreign lands without knowing the risks associated. One of the returnees who identified herself as Gift Peters said many Nigerians are exposed to harrowing experiences in Libya, as many were serving jail terms for offences they have not committed . Peters said “Travelling to Libya is not worth the experience.

February 21, 2017 19:29 UTC

Russian and Libyan state oil giants sign deal

The two state companies will establish a joint working committee to explore possible cooperation in various fields, including exploration and production. LONDON: Russia’s Rosneft oil giant has paved the way for investment in Libya’s oil sector by signing a Cooperation Framework Agreement with the National Oil Corporation of Libya, it was announced Tuesday. Under the deal, the two state companies will establish a joint working committee to explore possible cooperation in various fields, including exploration and production. Sanalla last month announced plans to encourage investment by foreign oil companies in an effort to boost Libya’s oil production to 2.1 million barrels per day by 2022. “We need the assistance and investment of major international oil companies to reach our production goals and stabilise our economy,” he said.

February 21, 2017 17:15 UTC

Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libyan coast

CAIRO — The bodies of 74 migrants were recovered from a beach near the town of Zawiya in western Libya, rescuers said Tuesday, an ominous sign before the high season for Mediterranean crossings. The bodies were believed to have come from a shipwrecked boat that was found along the same stretch of shore, said Mohammed Almosrti, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent. Libya was the launching point for many of the estimated 180,000 migrants who reached Italy last year. The migrants, most of whom are trying to flee war or poverty in Africa, arrive in Libya after arduous journeys through the desert. They entrust their lives to smuggling gangs that have set up along a 230-mile stretch of coast in western Libya, which is largely controlled by an array of rival militant groups.

February 21, 2017 15:45 UTC

74 dead asylum-seekers wash up on Libyan beach from boat with no engine

Most leave from the stretch of Libyan coast between Tripoli and the Tunisian border to the west. The bodies of those who drown are frequently found washed up on Libyan shores.Last year a record 181,000 asylum-seekers crossed between Libya and Italy. More than 4,500 are known to have died. The deal involves blocking asylum-seekers at sea and sending back to Libya to be held in holding camps. Aid groups criticised the move, saying such plans exposed asylum-seekers to further risks and abuses within Libya.In the absence of an army or a regular police force in Libya, several militias act as coastguards but are often accused themselves of complicity or even involvement in the people-smuggling business.

February 21, 2017 15:33 UTC

'Situation Volatile, Could Worsen': EU Ignores Cause of Libya Lawlessness

Moreover, the country has "little or no control" of its armed forces, and no more than a third of the 49,000 individuals working across the three bodies are trained professionals. Much of the killing, the report states, is carried out by government forces or armed groups, and this is "tolerated by the government." The situation has gotten so dreadful, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNCHR) refuses to dispatch staff to the country. "Currently, the situation is volatile, and it could worsen and spread across the country. "There needs to be more engagement with Libya, and assistance in bringing disparate forces under central government control.

February 21, 2017 15:13 UTC

News Roundup - Tue, Feb 21, 2017

_____________________The Education Ministry has been exerting doubled up efforts aiming at completing the halted construction projects at Tripoli University. _____________________Misrata Municipality held Monday a ceremony to pay tribute to the martyrs of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos operation from Misrata and other Libyan cities. The Joint Security Operation Room in Zliten confirmed reopening the coastal road between Zliten and Misrata after hours of closure over clashes. ______________________Turkish Relief Organization distributed food aids (400 baskets to 400 families) of the Sirte IDPs who returned to their houses in 700 Neighborhood in coordination with Jahid Charity in Misrata and Sirte Crisis Committee. Head of the crisis committee said more aids will be distributed to families in Al-Zaafran and 3 Neighborhoods.

February 21, 2017 15:11 UTC

‘West must be held accountable for Libya, apologize & leave it alone’ – Gaddafi’s cousin (EXCLUSIVE)

Our country has descended into total darkness, and our people are enduring suffering,” Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, the cousin of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, told RT in an exclusive interview. Gaddaf al-Dam stresses that the conflict was stirred up by the West, and that it should be held accountable. What is happening in Libya is a crime from all points of view,” Gaddaf al-Dam said. “Unfortunately, the international community is still trying to manage the conflict in Libya – and doesn’t want to step aside. The Libyan revolution of 1969, known as the al-Fateh Revolution or the 1st September Revolution, was a military coup that led to the overthrow of King Idris.

February 21, 2017 14:03 UTC

Dozens of bodies wash up on Libyan beach

The bodies of some 74 African migrants have washed up on a beach in the western city of Zawiya, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday. Authorities said they expected the death toll to rise, as a rubber boat found nearby was capable of carrying about 120 people. The dead were found on Monday morning and were brought to a Tripoli cemetery for burial, Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told the Associated Press. The Libya-Italy human trafficking route claimed at least 4,579 lives last year, and the true number is thought to be much higher. Watch video 03:36 Share Libya: Gatekeeper of Africa's migrant crisis Send Facebook Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink Libya: Gatekeeper of Africa's migrant crisises/se (AP, dpa)

February 21, 2017 12:01 UTC

Red Crescent: 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in Libya

Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday. The drownings - at least 74 bodies were found in Zawiya - are the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record levels along the Libya-Italy smuggling route over the past months. Al-Misrati said the local authorities would take the bodies to a cemetery in the capital of Tripoli that is allocated for unidentified persons. According to Leggeri, migrant deaths along the central Mediterranean route stood at 4,579 for last year, which still might be much less than the true loss of life. Rights groups have documented migrants' horror journeys involving torture, rape, and forced labor inside Libya.

February 21, 2017 10:30 UTC

Aid workers: Bodies of 74 migrants wash ashore in Libya

(Photo: David Ramos)The bodies of 74 migrants washed ashore on the Libyan coast after their boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea, aid workers said Tuesday. The Libyan Red Crescent said the bodies were recovered in the northwestern coastal city of Zawiya. Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the U.N. Migration Agency, said their dinghy departed from the western city of Sabratha on Saturday with 110 people aboard. Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told the Associated Press the bodies were found Monday morning and that he expected more to appear. The IOM said Tuesday that 13,170 migrants arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, and 272 were dead or missing.

February 21, 2017 10:04 UTC

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