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EU leaders accused of being knowingly complicit in torture and exploitation of thousands, says Amnesty

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.”

Source:Libya Today

December 12, 2017 10:07 UTC

Malta will not choose between Palestine and Israel, Foreign Minister tells Israeli PM

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.

Source:Libya Today

December 11, 2017 18:45 UTC