Libya

Head of UNSMIL says deeply concerned about human rights violations in Libya

  • 23 March 2017 - 22:57
Head of UNSMIL says deeply concerned about human rights violations in Libya

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler is gravely concerned at continued and persistent reports of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law being perpetrated across...

Five migrants drown as boat capsizes off Libyan coast

  • 23 March 2017 - 21:38
Five migrants drown as boat capsizes off Libyan coast

Reuters - Five migrants were found dead in the sea off Libya on Thursday after the boats they were travelling in sank, likely carrying hundreds more to their deaths, an aid organisation said. Proactiva Open Arms, one of several groups operating in the area, said it was notified that an...

Libya sends 159 Nigerian migrants home in cooperation with IOM

  • 23 March 2017 - 19:18
Libya sends 159 Nigerian migrants home in cooperation with IOM

Libyan authorities on Thursday flew home 159 Nigerian migrants stranded after failing to reach Europe, in the second such voluntary repatriation operation this week. "In coordination with the IOM (International Organization for Migration), we are repatriating 159 Nigerians... including...

Tripoli Appeals Court suspends Libyan-Italian MoU temporarily

  • 23 March 2017 - 15:01
Tripoli Appeals Court suspends Libyan-Italian MoU temporarily

The Tripoli Court of Appeals has ruled to suspend the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Libya's Government of National Accord and Italian government to help fight the waves of immigrants that cross Libyan shores to Italy. The verdict came to stop the MoU as six...

Kobler urges for picking up political dialogue at meeting with Al-Serraj, Al-Sweihli

  • 23 March 2017 - 13:29
Kobler urges for picking up political dialogue at meeting with Al-Serraj, Al-Sweihli

The United Nations delegate to Libya and the Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, met Wednesday with the Head of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Serraj, and the Head of the High Council of State(HCS), Abdel Rahman Al-Sweihli, separately in Tripoli. Kobler discussed with both leaders...

Ivory Coast deports over 150 nationals from Libya in line with IOM migrants repatriation programme

  • 23 March 2017 - 11:37
Ivory Coast deports over 150 nationals from Libya in line with IOM migrants repatriation programme

Ivory Coast repatriated on Tuesday more than 150 of its nationals who were stranded in Libya, after attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. “This is a humanitarian evacuation of 151 Ivorians detained until then in detention centers in Libya,” a cabinet director at the Ivorian...

Presidential Council and IOM agree on more support in immigration issues

  • 22 March 2017 - 22:44
Presidential Council and IOM agree on more support in immigration issues

The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, met Wednesday in Tripoli with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing, to discuss the ever-developing issue of illegal immigration and human trafficking in Libya. The meeting...

Human Rights Watch Report on Haftar’s forces crimes in Benghazi

  • 22 March 2017 - 17:56
Human Rights Watch Report on Haftar’s forces crimes in Benghazi

Libyan National Army (LNA) forces may have committed war crimes, including killing and beating civilians, and summarily executing and desecrating bodies of opposition fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi on and around March 18, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The army forces allegedly...

Third Force in south Libya denies clashes with Operation Dignity loyalists in Tamnahent base

  • 22 March 2017 - 13:58
Third Force in south Libya denies clashes with Operation Dignity loyalists in Tamnahent base

The commander of the Third Force of southern Libya, Colonel Jamal Al-Treki, denied that clashes took place against Operation Dignity loyalists led by Mohammed Ben Nayel at Tamnahent military base. "Tamnahenet air base and all other positions around it are secured by the Third Force...

Misurata Military Council ousts city’s municipality

  • 22 March 2017 - 11:37
Misurata Military Council ousts city’s municipality

The Chief of Misurata Military Council, Ibrahim Ben Rajab, announced late on Tuesday the overthrow of the city's municipality's administration and mayor, calling on all the city's sectors to work normally but to sever ties to the toppled municipal council. "We want to keep hold on to the...