Torture, detention, exploitation and rape are daily horrors for many refugees and migrants in Libya. But instead of ending these abuses, Europe is helping Libya to trap people in hell. By training and providing the Libyan coastguard with ships to transport migrants back to the country, European leaders are contributing to unspeakable suffering.
More than 20,000 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are being held in detention centres, with no sense of when or if they will ever be released. The conditions are utterly inhumane – with little access to food, water or medical care. They face brutal treatment; torture, rape – and even being sold.
It’s crucial that we call on Libyan and European leaders to protect migrants and refugees from horrific human rights abuses in Libya.
Why is this urgent? 20 000 migrants and refugees are stuck in Libya, and are now at the mercy of militias and armed groups. They are suffering horrific human rights abuses.
Send an email now to Libyan and European leaders and urge them to work together to:
• Release all migrants and refugees from detention centres and end the unlawful detention of refugees and migrants in Libya.
• Investigate all allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of refugees and migrants in Libya, and ensure that the suspected perpetrators are prosecuted in a transparent and fair trial to put an end to the vicious cycle of abuse.
• Review how they cooperate on migration policies, to prioritise protecting the human rights of refugees and migrants, instead of trapping people in Libya
• Formally recognise the UNHCR and allow the organisation to carry out its full mandate including the protection of asylum seekers and refugees