'Shocking' abuse of migrants in Libya smuggling hub: UN

More than 20,000 migrants, including pregnant women and babies, are being held either in detention centres or by traffickers in Libya's people-smuggling hub Sabratha, the UN said today, warning of abuse "on a shocking scale". The UN refugee agency said Libyan authorities were holding more than 14,500 migrants who had previously been kept captive by smugglers in and around Sabratha, to the west of Tripoli. ""Amongst the refugees and migrants who suffered abuse at the hands of smugglers, there are pregnant women and new-born babies," he said, adding that hundreds of people were found without clothes or shoes while hundreds said they had not eaten for days when they were found.Many of them require urgent medical care, Mahecic said, adding that some had suffered bullet wounds while most said they had been subject to abuse, including sexual violence and forced labour.UNHCR also warned there was "a worrying number of unaccompanied and separated children, many under the age of six. "The agency said the official detention centres and assembly points were overflowing, and often lacked water tanks and sanitation facilities.Many people, including children, are being forced to sleep out in the open.While smugglers had committed the worst abuse against the migrants, the UN has previously warned of "extremely bad" conditions in Libyan detention centres.Until recently, Libya has been a major launching off point for migrants, most of them from African countries, trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.But the number of attempted crossings has dropped off dramatically, since Libya's coastguard received European Union funding and training to stop smugglers taking migrants to the water. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Source:Libya Today

October 17, 2017 14:14 UTC

Slovenian PM appreciates Egypt's influential status in ME

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry – File photoCAIRO– 17 October 2017: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held on Tuesday talks with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar who applauded Egypt's influential status in the Middle East.Shoukry expressed Egypt's appreciation of bilateral relations with Slovenia, Spokesman for Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid said.Shoukry tackled prospects of capitalizing on the momentum created following the first ever visit by a Slovenian president to Egypt in December 2016, the spokesman said.Egypt's foreign minister heaped praise on Slovenia's support for Egypt in the European Union, especially during the latest talks on water resources management.He, meanwhile, reviewed the various aspects of the social, economic and political reform programs adopted by the Egyptian government.Shoukry highlighted Egypt's massive investment opportunities available for the Slovenian side in the mega national projects, like the project to develop the Suez Canal Axis, with the aim of boosting the central European country's 77-million-dollar investments in Egypt.Premier Cerar, for his part, expressed his country's appreciation of Egypt and its status in the Middle East.He expressed willingness to give impetus for relations with Egypt in the coming period through boosting cooperation in all domains.The Slovenian premier hailed Egypt's reforms implemented at the economic, social and political levels and expressed interest in being briefed on Egypt's anti-terror and anti-illegal immigration efforts.Egypt's assessment of the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq along with efforts meant to resolve crises there were highlighted by Shoukry during Tuesday’s meeting, the spokesman noted.

Source:Libya Today

October 17, 2017 12:56 UTC