EU support of Libyan coast guard ‘inhuman’: U.N. rights chief

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The European Union’s support for the Libyan coast guard is leading to the arbitrary and indefinite imprisonment of migrants in “inhuman” conditions, the U.N. human rights chief said

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights arrives at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland 

The European Union’s support for the Libyan coast guard is leading to the arbitrary and indefinite imprisonment of migrants in “inhuman” conditions, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.The EU anti-trafficking mission Sophia has helped train Tripoli’s coast guard, while Italy has supplied it with four patrol boats. Italy also has sent millions of euros and a navy repair ship to fix Libya’s marine fleet.

So far in 2017, the Libyans have intercepted almost 20,000 migrants at sea, according to the International Organization for Migration. After being taken from the boats, they are brought to land and put in “detention centers” that were visited by United Nations personnel.“Monitors were shocked by what they witnessed,” High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

The EU anti-trafficking mission Sophia has helped train Tripoli’s coast guard, while Italy has supplied it with four patrol boats. Italy also has sent millions of euros and a navy repair ship to fix Libya’s marine fleet.So far in 2017, the Libyans have intercepted almost 20,000 migrants at sea, according to the International Organization for Migration. After being taken from the boats, they are brought to land and put in “detention centers” that were visited by United Nations personnel.“Monitors were shocked by what they witnessed,” High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

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