Amnesty International claimed that the coastguard and those who are handed the migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, are often acting hand in hand with militia and criminal gangsTortured. The coastguard is also believed to escort boats out to international waters.Those who are stopped on their way to Europe are sent to camps run by the Libyan general directorate for combating illegal migration. Amnesty reported that here, torture for the purpose of extracting money is routine.After interviews with refugees and asylum seekers, Amnesty claimed that it now had sufficient evidence to take leaders of EU states to international courts, over alleged abuses of human human rights obligations.“Hundreds and thousands of refugees and migrants trapped in Libya are at the mercy of the Libyan authorities, militia, armed groups and smugglers, often working seamlessly together for financial gain. Tens of thousands are kept indefinitely in overcrowded detention centres where they are subjected to systematic abuse.“European governments have not just been fully aware of these abuses; by actively supporting the Libyan authorities in stopping sea crossings and containing people in Libya, they are complicit in these crimes,” said Amnesty Europe’s director, John Dalhuisen.Up to 20,000 people are currently being held in what the Amnesty report says are overcrowded, unsanitary centres. They are often under the control of militia and criminals.“For some time, there has been concern that the price for stemming migration has been the human rights of those seeking to come to the EU,” says the report.Last month, French president Emmanuel Macron, described the abuse as “a crim against humanity” and said that the African Union and the EU would “launch concrete military and policing action on the ground to dismantle those networks.”Amnesty said that the EU member states “cannot plausibly claim to be unaware of the grave violations being committed by some of the detention officials and coastguard agents with whom they are so assiduously cooperating.”Brussels currently stands accused of failing to install the necessary rights protection mechanisms and guarantees from its Libyan counterparts.“The lack of any judicial oversight of the detention process and the near total impunity with which officials operate has facilitated the institutionalization of torture and other ill-treatment in detention centres.”
December 12, 2017 10:07 UTC
- Advertisement -Amnesty International on Tuesday accused European governments of abetting grave human rights violations in Libya through their support for authorities there that often work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants. Determined to cut African immigration across the Mediterranean, the governments, via the EU, have provided support to Libya, trained its coastguard and spent millions of euros through UN agencies to improve conditions in detention camps where Libya puts the migrants. The European Union’s executive arm, the European Commission, was not immediately available for comment. Amnesty said the Libyan coastguards – which the EU backs to intercept people heading for Europe, work hand-in-hand with people smugglers, including in torturing people to extort money. “By supporting Libyan authorities in trapping people in Libya … European governments have shown where their true priorities lie: namely the closure of the central Mediterranean route, with scant regard to the suffering caused,” said Dalhuisen.
December 12, 2017 09:11 UTC
A 63-page report out by Amnesty on Tuesday provides a long rap sheet of collusion against Europe-bound refugees and migrants. Three-pronged approachThe report says European government cooperation with Libyan authorities is geared around a three-pronged approach. First, they enable the Libyan coastguard to intercept an increasing number of people by providing extra training, equipment, and boats while at the same imposing restrictions on NGO rescue vessels. Second, they provide both technical support and assistance to Libyan authorities that manage detention centres where migrants and refugees are exposed to abuse. Third, they struck deals with local Libyan authorities and leaders of tribes and armed groups to get them to carry out border controls instead of smuggling people.
December 12, 2017 09:00 UTC
But slavery has been subsisting in African societies in many forms including bonded or forced labour and forced or child marriage. It is estimated that about 400,000 to one million migrants, most of them Nigerians are stranded in Libya. According to CNN reports, the situation in Libya is not virtual but actual whips- and- chains forced labour slavery. Many have blamed Mr. Obama for the ugly situation in Libya today, as if Qaddafi’s government was overthrown purposely to pave way for right abuse and slave trade. African leaders unfortunately pay lip-service to graft war.
December 12, 2017 08:15 UTC
For years, the EU and individual governments of EU countries have entered into ‘partnerships’ with governments known to be violating migrants’ human rights. Today, they are happy to ‘partner’ with a Libyan state widely regarded as failed or failing to the same end. EU leaders have been quick to express their indignation. On November 30, UN officials, EU leaders and government representatives from Chad, Niger, Morocco, Congo, and Libya met and agreed an emergency plan of action. It is because the majority of the migrants violated in Libya are black Africans that ‘slavery’ is invoked.
December 12, 2017 08:15 UTC
Global U.S. military presence questionedDespite President Donald Trump’s pledge to adopt an "America First" foreign policy that disentangles the U.S. military from many global hot spots, Washington just can’t get seem to get out of the business of policing the world — even when its military posture might damage its interests. But does the robust American military presence overseas “shape” the international security situation or merely “nettle” in it, stoking more instability? “While there could be a sense by some that we are addicted to power,” Allen said, “there was a very clear need in the minds of so many of these leaders that the American presence in the world was a stabilizing presence. It was a presence that facilitated a world order that gave the capacity for global economic intercourse but largely was a presence that benefited the world order and benefited humankind. asked Gholz, one of the Notre Dame professors who advocated a more defensive U.S. military posture.
December 12, 2017 06:22 UTC
Olanipekun said the rate of unemployment in the country has reached alarming rate and that Nigerians experiencing slavery in other nationsmay become a recurrent decimal unless youth population are empoweredand made to be economically viable. He spoke in Ikere Ekiti yesterday while commenting on the selling of some Nigerians into slave trade in the North Africa country. But today, nobody sympathised or empathised with the youths, they are abandoned in their own fates. "The main reason why we are not faring better is that government is muzzling the private sector. "But let me say this, if Nigeria fails to take care of its youths by creating tomorrow for them, we are inadvertently planting a revolution and threat for the future," Olanipekun warned.
December 12, 2017 00:11 UTC
Tens of thousands are kept indefinitely in overcrowded detention centres where they are subjected to systematic abuse,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director. Secondly, they have enabled the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept people at sea, by providing them with training, equipment, including boats, and technical and other assistance. Refugees and migrants intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard are sent to DCIM detention centres where they endure horrific treatment. Dozens of migrants and refugees interviewed described the soul-destroying cycle of exploitation to which collusion between guards, smugglers and the Libyan Coast Guard consigns them. They can also be passed onto smugglers who can secure their departure from Libya in cooperation with the Libyan Coast Guard.
December 12, 2017 00:00 UTC
The Amnesty report also accused the Libyan coastguard of endangering migrants' lives and of intimidating NGOs operating in the Mediterranean on rescue missions. (Photo | AP)TRIPOLI: Amnesty International today accused European governments of "complicity" in the detention under horrific conditions of migrants in Libya, especially through their assistance to the Libyan coastguard implicated in people trafficking. Dalhuisen urged European governments to "rethink their cooperation with Libya on migration and enable people to get to Europe through legal pathways, including by resettling tens of thousands of refugees". Those interviewed had "described the soul-destroying cycle of exploitation to which collusion between guards, smugglers and the Libyan coastguard consigns them", it said. The Amnesty report also accused the Libyan coastguard of endangering migrants' lives and of intimidating NGOs operating in the Mediterranean on rescue missions.
December 11, 2017 23:15 UTC
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, African refugees and migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, wait for assistance aboard a rubber boat out of control, 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast. Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 accused European Union countries of being ‘knowingly complicit’ in the detention and abuse of thousands of migrants detained in appalling conditions in Libya. Santi Palacios, File AP Photo
December 11, 2017 23:08 UTC
Italian Sicily welcomed Monday nearly 900 migrants rescued in Mediterranean waters off the coast of Libya in the past few days, reported Local Italy. More than 330 migrants rescued by Italian coast guard and other European vessels have already disembarked at Sicilian ports, Italian media reported. Another hundred were en route to the western city of Trapani on Monday while 450, including a woman about to give birth, are due to arrive in Augusta by evening aboard the Aquarius, a boat operated by charity group SOS Mediterranee along with Doctors Without Borders, according to Local Italy. “Today, the absolute priority is to rescue at sea those who continue to flee and to accompany them to a safe place where they will be protected and where their basic human rights will be respected”. He added, according to the Italian website.
December 11, 2017 20:37 UTC
To date, Mahon and the Quakers at Woodstown Friends Meeting have helped send 124 locators to more than twenty countries as far away as Libya and Azerbaijan. This is made possible by the special 'Humanitarian Demining' program of Schonstedt which matches each locator for which funds are raised and takes care of transportation. How this small group of South Jersey Quakers has managed such a large feat is a lesson in creativity and dedication. Called Music at Friends, the series takes place at the Woodstown Friends meetinghouse and features local artists in genres like rock, pop, jazz and classical. Donations for Woodstown Friends Meeting’s humanitarian demining efforts can be made through WoodstownFriends.org, where you can also find a list of upcoming concerts in the Music at Friends series.
December 11, 2017 19:41 UTC
Erato Cinema Festival for human rights films has kick-started under the slogan "I am a human being" at Al-Mahari theater. The cinematic event was launched Sunday under the supervision of the Libyan General Cultural Authority in line with the Human Rights Day. Anwar Gargoum - the Director of the Erato Festival - opened the event saying that the festival presents support for short film making with cutting edge techniques, explaining that the aim is to push youths who are interested in the movie industry to take interest in cinema as well as in human rights, advocate for human rights among others things. The festival started with the display of "Jasmine" film for the Syrian director Al-Muhand Kalthoum. On December 14, the festival's curtains will close and three awards - gold, silver and bronze, will be given in addition to the judges award.
December 11, 2017 19:18 UTC
Malta will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem and our embassy will remain in Tel Aviv until the final status of Jerusalem is resolved”,” said Abela.Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Council meeting’s agenda included the situation in Iraq, the latest developments in the Middle East, and Libya. Minister Abela briefed his counterparts on his official visit to Libya on 14 November 2017 during which he held meetings with Muhammed Taher Siala, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Fayez al Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council. The visit served to reaffirm Malta and the international community’s unwavering support to the GNA. Malta remains available to offer its assistance to the GNA to help re-establish peace and prosperity in Libya, Minister Abela said.The Foreign Affairs Ministers also discussed EU-G5 Sahel cooperation with their counterparts from this group of African countries: Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad. This was followed by a joint discussion between Foreign Ministers and Development Ministers – in the case of Malta the same minister – to follow up on the African Union-European Union Summit which took place in Côte d’Ivoire on 29-30 November 2017.The day ended with a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on Development, during which Development and International Cooperation Ministers exchanged views on how trade and investment can contribute to development cooperation.
December 11, 2017 18:45 UTC
The tension is significant as the central bank is where the income from crude oil exports—Libya’s principal revenue source—goes. This prompted analysts to factor in possible future oil production outages in the country in their overwhelmingly bullish oil price forecasts for 2018. Libya, along with Nigeria, was originally exempted from the OPEC oil production cuts, agreed last November. This, however, was not the case with reports about growing oil production, despite the outages. Yet this latest report about plans to fund a production increase could rekindle doubts about how long some OPEC members would stick to their promises to curb production.
December 11, 2017 18:00 UTC