Amnesty International accuses EU of abetting migrant rights violations in Libya
Amnesty said the Libyan coastguards - which the EU backs to intercept people heading for Europe - work hand-in-hand with people smugglers, including in torturing people to extort money.
By: Reuters | Brussels | Published: December 12, 2017 2:08 pm
FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, African refugees and migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, wait for assistance aboard a rubber boat out of control, 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast. Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 accused European Union countries of being ‘knowingly complicit’ in the detention and abuse of thousands of migrants detained in appalling conditions in Libya. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)
European governments are “complicit” in grave human rights violations in Libya through their support for authorities there that often work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Determined to cut African immigration across the Mediterranean, the governments, via the European Union, have provided support to Libya, trained its coastguard and spent millions of euros through UN agencies to improve conditions in detention camps where Libya puts the migrants.
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