EU leaders will broadly avoid discussing refugee quotas at this week’s summit due to internal disagreement but instead focus on stopping people coming to Europe, EUobserver reported.
Libyan forces have engaged in reckless conduct during recent rescue operations that endangered people being rescued in international waters in the Mediterranean, Human Rights Watch said today. These incidents indicate that Libyan forces lack capacity to safely perform search-and-rescue obligations.
The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) expressed anger on Saturday about the call of the European Parliament’s President, Antonio Tajani, for setting up refugee camps in Libya.
Naval spokesman Ayoub Qassem has launched another attack on what he sees as the EU’s plan to turn Libya into a huge migrant camp. But this time Qassem has also struck out at the coastal communities that he says refuse to help the coastguards stop the people-smugglers.
The Libyan coast guards intercepted, on Friday, more than 900 illegal migrants off the city of Sabratha, the western side of Libya.
A UN report has concluded that ‘‘a variety of sources of funding are available to (Libyan) armed groups’’, assessing that there are ‘‘four important sources of funding: fuel smuggling, trafficking in persons, interference with institutions and the local arms trade. Previous findings on income from other criminal activities and State …
“This will be a hot pursuit tonight,” the coast guard captain tells me. It is dusk over Tripoli’s harbor and we are standing in the control room of the Kifah, an aging, German-made patrol boat. I had joined its crew of eighteen one evening last month expecting to be searching …
At least ten people have died after their Europe-bound boats sank off Libya’s coast and some 100 people are missing, coastguard officials and aid groups said on Saturday.
One illegal immigrant was killed as gunmen attacked a patrol for the Libyan coastguards that had intercepted 570 immigrants off Sabratha shores, Libyan Nay said Saturday.
The Libyan coastguard “created mayhem” and recklessly endangered lives by threatening migrants with guns before looting their boats, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) group said on Thursday.