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Libya teems with 'inhuman' migrant camps, UN says, as Italy sees fewer refugees

Libya teems with 'inhuman' migrant camps, UN says, as Italy sees fewer refugees
From CBC - November 14, 2017

The UN human rights chief says the European Union policy of helping Libyan authorities intercept migrants on the Mediterranean and return them to Libya is "inhuman."

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein decried "unimaginable horrors" faced by 19,900 migrants now detained in the North African country, more than 2 times the number in mid-September.

He appealed Tuesday to the international community to face up to the "unimaginable horrors" the detained migrants are facing.

UN rights monitors this month visited four facilities in Tripoli operated by Libya's Department of Combating Illegal Migration.

Zeid, a Jordanian prince, said the monitors were shocked at the sight of "thousands of emaciated and traumatized men, women and children piled on top of each other, locked up in hangars with no access to the most basic necessities."

While UN agencies and other humanitarian groups have access to them and seek to provide health care and some food, Zeid said it was not enough because "the EU and its member states have done nothing so far to reduce the level of abuses suffered by migrants."

Just a day ago, European and African ministers repeated a pledge to try to improve conditions for migrants in Libya, and last weekItalian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni hailed Italian immigration policy.

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