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Italy: Measures to fine and impound charity rescue ships will cost lives at sea

Reacting to a vote in the Italian parliament approving a new, stricter set of requirements for charities that rescue migrants at sea, accompanied by the prospect of fines and the impoundment of their ships, Amnesty International’s Migration Researcher, Matteo de Bellis, said:

Dbeibah, Bin Zayed stress need for international support for holding elections in Libya

The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohamed bin Zayed has stressed to Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah the need for international support to hold elections in Libya, and to increase prospects for cooperation in the fields of renewable energy, gas and investment between the two countries.

UN, Italy agree to extend partnership to support holding elections in Libya

Italian ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Buccino, and Resident Representative of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Libya, Marc-André Franche, agreed on Wednesday in Tripoli to extend partnership to support free and fair elections as the only path forward to resolve the political stalemate, according UNDP in Libya.

Oil Minister Aoun denies barring two UK companies from investing in oil sector

Mohamed Aoun, the Minister of Oil and Gas in the Tripoli-based government of Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba, denied circulating news of his ministry’s approval or prevention of two British companies from investing in an oil project in Libya. The denial came in a call to Libya Herald, through the ministry’s media …

Lockerbie bombing : US must clarify legality of extraditing suspect, says rights group

A leading rights group has raised concerns over the extradition of a Libyan national accused of involvement in the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing, saying that Washington should “clarify the legal basis” for his arrest and transfer, given that Libya and the US have no formal extradition treaty.

Already Complicit in Libya Migrant Abuse, EU Doubles Down on Support

This week, the European Union handed over in Italy a search and rescue vessel to Libyan authorities intended for abusive Libyan Coast Guard forces and promised four more, without any apparent attempt to vet the human rights practices of the coast guard, thus making the EU more complicit in human …