UN tells EU that Libya migrant pact is 'inhuman'

Suffering of inmates 'outrage to conscience of humanity'

14 November, 13:51

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, NOVEMBER 14 - The UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday said the EU policy of assisting the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept and return migrants in the Mediterranean was "inhuman".

    "The suffering of migrants detained in Libya is an outrage to the conscience of humanity," Zeid said in a statement. "Monitors were shocked by what they witnessed: 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, and stripped of their human dignity," he said.

    "The increasing interventions of the EU and its member states have done nothing so far to reduce the level of abuses suffered by migrants".

    The number of migrants arriving in Italy has fallen significantly since the Italian authorities started providing support to the Libyan coast guard earlier this year. "The detention system for migrants in Libya is broken beyond repair," said Zeid. "Only alternatives to detention can save migrants' lives and physical security, preserve their dignity and protect them from further atrocities. "The international community cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the unimaginable horrors endured by migrants in Libya, and pretend that the situation can be remedied only by improving conditions in detention".

    (ANSAmed).

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