“EU and UN, where is your endorsement of this MSF statement? And why have you failed to declare yourselves similarly!” Stop arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants disembarked in Libya – Libya | ReliefWeb
Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are working hard in Khoms, Misrata, and Tripoli to care for the increasing number of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees being held in Libyan detention centers. From victims of torture, trafficking and sexual violence to pregnant women and people with mental disabilities. In addition, to people who have been held captive for months by traffickers.
‘Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls for an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants in Libya. Conditions in already overcrowded detention centers are getting even worse after a dramatic increase in the number of people intercepted in the Mediterranean and disembarked in Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard, which is supported by the European Union.’ ReliefWeb
UN organisations suggest that ‘11,800 people have been returned to Libya from unseaworthy boats in the Mediterranean’ ReliefWeb this year alone. Boats are being intercepted in international waters, people are taken to unregulated Libyan detention centers and often held in ‘inhumane conditions’.
Along with MSF medics treating people who have been detained on arrival to the detention centres, they are treating people who are suffering as a result of the ‘inhumane conditions inside the detention centers.’
What are people being treated for?
People require treatment for conditions such as scabies infestations, respiratory tract infections, and post-traumatic stress. Detention centers in Libya are managed by the ‘Interior Ministry Department for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM)’.
‘By pushing migrants and refugees away from Europe and placing deterrence at the centre of refugee policy, European governments are indirectly contributing to what is both a humanitarian and a human rights crisis (Hargrave & Pantuliano, 2016) ‘ RefWorld
‘The current situation is a result of attempts by European governments to prevent refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers from reaching Europe at all costs.’ ReliefWeb