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.
The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, urged the EU countries to push for establishing refugee camps inside Libya.
The European Union must do more to help protect migrants stranded in Libya and to convince its member states to share the burden of caring for refugees who reach Europe, a senior official at the International Organisation for Migration said.
The EU is to give another €5 million ($5.62 million) to the Stabilisation Facility for Libya (SFL) to improve basic public services, its ambassador Bettina Muscheidt announced today in Tripoli. She made the announcement following a meeting of the SFL’s board today in Tripoli’s Corinthia Hotel.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday to extend authorization for another year so as to allow the European Union to seize illegal weapons on the high seas off the coast of Libya.
A high level African Union delegation wrapped up its four-day mission to Libya by meeting armed forces commander-in-chief Khalifa Hafter in Benghazi.