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Libya: Hundreds of people detained in new crackdowns on migrants and refugees


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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Rescue Commission (IRC) have warned earlier this morning that more than 600 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have been detained in front of the former Community Day Center in Tripoli. increase.

The center provided humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers before it was completely closed in December.

Dax Roque, Libya Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said:

“We are wary of the detention of hundreds of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, including women and children, who were camped out in front of the former Community Day Center in Tripoli. Witnesses said they were this morning. I told us that we had encountered violence and burned down a makeshift tent. This is the culmination of the dire situation that has deteriorated over the past few months. Thousands of migrants, refugees, in October last year. The situation in this population of Libya has only worsened since the mass detention of asylum seekers. “

Thomas Garofalo, Country Director of the International Rescue Commission, said:

“Our medical team has helped people injured during this morning’s arrest, including one suffering from a gunshot wound. Hundreds of people, including many women and children, are already in a dire situation. We understand that we are often sent to detention centers. As we enter the New Year, the events that unfold are on the move, as the current situation of Libyan immigrants and refugees is unacceptable. It should serve as a further reminder that we need a new approach that respects the rights of our people. “

Humanitarian agencies are calling on Libyan authorities to immediately release detainees, especially women, children and refugees, and protect them from further violence. They also urge the international community to immediately expand resettlement and other safe and regular routes for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants wishing to leave Libya.

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Libya: Hundreds of people detained in new crackdowns on migrants and refugees

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