Salvini, we'll work for human rights in Libyan refugee camps

Italy will not suspend accords, EU agenda to develop relations

13 March, 17:35

    Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

    ROME - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Wednesday that all possible efforts would be made to ensure that human rights are respected in centers for migrants in Libya managed by the government and with humanitarian aid organizations working inside of them. He made this pledge during an interrogation at the lower house of parliament during which he was asked to suspend agreements with Libya.

    ''Italy,'' Salvini said, ''is working to ensure that Libya fully respects human rights'' and is supporting ''programs for voluntary repatriation'' in which humanitarian organizations working in Tripoli are involved. The country, he noted, is also helping Libyans to ''strengthen border control'' by providing motorboats and equipment for satellite and radio communications. There is thus no intention to suspend accords with Libya, Salvini said, underscoring that the ''EU Agenda calls for greater development of relations'' with the North African country.

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