Rwanda has agreed to take in hundreds of African refugees and asylum-seekers held in detention centres in Libya under an agreement reached with the UN refugee agency and the African Union.
Migrants trapped in Libyan detention centres where many have been subjected to abuse would be evacuated to Rwanda under an emergency plan being discussed with international humanitarian agencies and the EU, The Financial Times has reported.
Libya is to close three migrant and refugee detention centres after criticism from the UN over squalid conditions and inadequate food supplies.
A number of migrants in Libya have been moved to a detention centre in the capital that was hit with an airstrike earlier this month, despite a risk it could be hit again, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday.
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda confirmed that it has initiated the necessary measures on the aerial bombardment of the immigrants’ centre of Tajoura, Tripoli.
Seven days after Haftar’s bombing of the migrant detention centre in Tajoura, killing 53 people, several migrants exited the facility and began a protest against the delay in their deportations.
The heads of two refugee agencies called on Thursday for refugees and migrants held in Libyan centres to be freed and for countries to take them in.
The United Nations Higher Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday that the Libyan Interior Ministry had released 350 illegal migrants from a detention center in east of the capital Tripoli.
Some 38 Libyan rights groups yesterday called on the authorities to urgently evacuate the refugees and migrants held in detention centres in the country in the wake of an air strike which killed 60, the Anadolu Agency reported.
Refugees in the Tajoura detention centre in Libya that survived a deadly air strike last week are demanding to be evacuated for fear of another attack.