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U.N. Warns European Union over Dire Conditions in Libyan Migrant Camps

HeadlineNov 15, 2017

In Libya, human rights monitors who toured the country’s migrant detention camps say nearly 20,000 people are enduring “horrific conditions.” This is United Nations spokesperson Jeremy Laurence.

Jeremy Laurence: “Monitors were shocked by what they witnessed: thousands of emaciated and traumatized men, women and children piled on top of one another, locked up in hangars with no access to the most basic necessities and stripped of their human dignity.”

Human rights advocates want the European Union to withdraw its support for Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the allied militias who run migrant detention centers. As part of a clampdown on sea crossings, the EU currently supplies funds, equipment and training for Libya’s border and coast guard.

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