The Arab League has voiced support for the government of the Presidential Council (PC) as the sole legitimate body in Libya, urging in its ministerial meeting 150 headed by Sudan to suspend communication with Libyan parallel institutions, referring to the Interim Government in Al-Bayda, which is appointed by the House …
The EU mission issued a statement Thursday confirming the support of the European Union and its Member States to the Libyan people and the Presidential Council and to the mediation efforts of the UNSMIL for stabilizing the capital.
More than 1,600 people have died or gone missing while attempting to reach Europe so far this year, UNCHR’s new Desperate Journeys report shows.
In a fluid and ever-changing scenario on the ground, forces aligned to the internationally-recognized Tripoli-based Libyan government (Presidency Council / Government of National Accord) headed by Faiez Serraj, seem to have consolidated their positions against the advancing Tarhuna-based 7th infantry brigade led by the Kani brothers.
African refugees who were refused entry by Italy had been held by smugglers for up to two years in Libya and many had been beaten, tortured and raped, according to the UN migration agency.
Libya has refused to take in a group of 177 migrants stranded on an Italian coastguard boat off a Sicilian port after Rome insisted they would not be allowed to disembark.
The Foreign Minister of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Sayala, stressed that Libya completely rejects the process of returning illegal immigrants from Europe to its territory, calling on the international community to enhance their role with regard to pressure on the countries of origin to stem the influx of migrants.
Italy’s far-right interior minister threatened Sunday to send “back to Libya” nearly 180 people stranded for three days on an Italian coastguard ship if the EU did not step in to resolve another migrant row with Malta.
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 59,271 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 5 August 2018. That total compares to 117,102 at this time last year, and over 263,436 at this time in 2016.
As the EU sets new policies and makes deals with African nations to deter hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking new lives on the continent, what does it mean for those following dreams northwards and the countries they transit through? From returnees in Sierra Leone and refugees resettled in …