libya

Mediterranean Sea: ‘Cycle of violence’ for fleeing migrants must be addressed

The UN human rights office OHCHR, called on Friday for urgent action to address the “unimaginable horrors” faced by migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean Sea in search of safety in Europe.

Libyan rivals conclude talks on key security and military issues

Delegations from Libya’s warring sides meeting in Egypt have concluded two days of security and military talks in efforts towards a lasting ceasefire, the UN political mission for the country, UNSMIL, has reported. 

Libya is a victim of migration, not its reason, says GNA President Serraj

Libya, as a country of transit for migrants, cannot surmount the associated challenges without international support, the country’s Head of State told world leaders gathered virtually for the UN General Assembly, rejecting “unilateral” reports on the situation of migrants. 

News in Brief 8 September 2020

  • Alexei Navalny poisoning must get independent probe
  • Burkina Faso: 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished
  • 83 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert bound for Libya
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Security Council support ‘in action’ for Libya, crucial for its future, declares UN mission chief

The top UN official in Libya urged the Security Council on Wednesday to press for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and a return to negotiations, following the call from rival political leaders for a ceasefire on 21 August.

News in Brief 20 August 2020

  • Guterres makes urgent call to enact post-COVID sustainable recovery  
  • New sea tragedy underscores need to scale up rescue in the Mediterranean
  • Libya’s COVID-19 cases see 15-fold spike in under two months 
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‘Urgent need’ to scale up search and rescue in the Mediterranean

UN agencies have called for search and rescue to be stepped up in the central Mediterranean, in the wake of a tragic shipwreck that claimed the lives of 45 migrants and refugees, including five children. 

Libya: UN human right chief appoints independent investigators to probe abuses

UN-led efforts to address serious rights violations in Libya, received a boost on Wednesday with the appointment of three independent investigators to document abuses in the war-torn country.
 


 

News in Brief 19 August 2020

  • Libya: Rights chief Bachelet appoints independent investigators
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina should recognise sex crime survivors’ rights
  • Ordinary people are the real-life humanitarian heroes: Guterres
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Thousands suffer extreme rights abuses journeying to Africa’s Mediterranean coast, say humanitarians

Thousands of refugees and migrants in eastern and western Africa, are dying while others face harrowing abuse in their attempts to reach the continent’s Mediterranean coast in search of a better life, a joint UN/Danish Refugee Council report said on Wednesday.