Libya detention centers

Libya: Renewed commitment to Mediterranean rescues encouraging, but ‘overriding priority’ must be ‘lasting peace’, say UN officials

The heads of the two key UN agencies championing refugees and migrants have called for an end to their “arbitrary detention” across Libya, following an agreement on Tuesday by European Union countries to offer those fleeing across the Mediterranean a safe berth through a new distribution mechanism.

Friday’s Daily Brief: Sudan power-sharing deal welcomed, hope for Venezuela talks, Rohingya camps flooded, Libya airstrikes update

Friday’s main news stories include: Guterres welcomes Sudan power-sharing deal; six children are among 53 confirmed dead after Libya detention centre airstrikes; Monsoon rains wreak havoc in Rohingya camps; and Bachelet calls for “time and space” in Venezuela.

News in Brief 05 July 2019

  • Six children among fatalities after Libya detention centre bombings
  • Dozens of lives lost as Mediterranean migrant vessel capsizes
  • Monsoon rains wreak havoc in Bangladesh camps
  • 'Time and space' needed for Venezuela reforms: Bachelet
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Libya detention centre airstrike could amount to a war crime says UN, as Guterres calls for independent investigation

An airstrike on a detention centre in Tripoli that killed scores of migrants and refugees “deserves more than condemnation”, UN agencies said on Wednesday, as both the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the head of the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL), insisted that it may amount to a war crime. 

News in Brief 4 June 2019

  • Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid ongoing escalation in Idlib, Hama
  • Libya’s detention centres ‘filling up faster than UN can evacuate most vulnerable’
  • WHO laments Ebola toll citing insecurity
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Thousands of migrants still trapped by intensifying clashes in Tripoli detention centres

Thousands of migrants remain trapped by fighting in and around Tripoli, UN agency IOM has warned, more than a month after an assault on the Libyan capital began, led by self-style

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Under fire, UN refugee agency evacuates 135 detained in Libya to Niger

Amid increasingly violent clashes between rival armed groups in Libya’s capital,Tripoli, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has successfully airlifted 135 migrants and refugees to safety in Niger.

Libya has agreed to change migrant detention policy, says IOM chief

The Libyan authorities have “in principle” agreed to let the UN migration agency (IOM) take care of people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, rather than put them in detention, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing told Jens Renner on Friday, adding that thousands of people still remain in detention .

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Libya urged to end migrant detention amid warnings over threat to Mediterranean search and rescue

The head of UN Migration Agency (IOM), William Lacy Swing, has urged Libya to stop detaining migrants who have been returned to the country’s shores after trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

News in Brief 06 July 2018

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