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Free migrants held in Libyan camps, UN says

The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have called on the Libyan authorities to free migrants and refugees held in detention camps in the country.

They also want the European Union to restart coordinated naval patrols in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants.

In a joint statement, they also said support for the Libyan coastguard should be made conditional on it not returning any rescued migrants to Libyan ports.

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Our demands:

📍Release refugees & migrants from detention, evacuate to safety;
📍Stop detention entirely;
📍Resume all forms of sea rescue, with no Libya returns;
📍Cease penalizing boats for saving lives at sea.

Full @Refugees + @IOM statement:

https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2019/7/5d2765d04/unhcr-iom-joint-statement-international-approach-refugees-migrants-libya.html 

UNHCR and IOM joint statement: International approach to refugees and migrants in Libya must change

Geneva – On 3 July, more than 50 refugees and migrants lost their lives in an airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre in the east of Libya’s Tripoli.

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The statement follows an airstrike earlier this month on a facility outside Tripoli, in which more than 50 migrants were killed.

UNHCR and the IOM say the 5,600 migrants held in such centres must be immediately “freed in an orderly manner and their protection guaranteed, or evacuated to other countries from where accelerated resettlement is needed”.

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