Libya

EU Human Rights Commissioner wants Italy to clarify migration deal with Libya

  • 11 October 2017 - 14:05
EU Human Rights Commissioner wants Italy to clarify migration deal with Libya

The Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, has asked Italy to shed more light on a pact made with war-torn Libya to stem the flow of boat migrants crossing to Italy. Muiznieks wrote to Interior Minister Marco Minniti seeking clarification amid reports of torture endured...

UN Security Council endorses Salame’s action plan to resolve Libya’s crisis

  • 11 October 2017 - 12:33
UN Security Council endorses Salame’s action plan to resolve Libya’s crisis

The Security Council has endorsed the United Nations’ action plan to resume an inclusive political process in Libya. In a Presidential Statement, the 15-member body strongly urged all Libyans to work together in a spirit of compromise and to engage constructively in the inclusive political...

Italian court sentences to life Somalian human trafficking lord

  • 10 October 2017 - 23:11
Italian court sentences to life Somalian human trafficking lord

An Italian court has sentenced to life imprisonment a sadistic people smuggler who raped, tortured and murdered migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa. Osman Matammud, 22, from Somalia, was found guilty of multiple counts of murder, abduction for ransom and sexual violence against...

EU intends to reopen embassy in Libya

  • 10 October 2017 - 22:06
EU intends to reopen embassy in Libya

The European Union (EU) is intending to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government struggling to establish control. EU leaders will announce at their summit in Brussels on Oct. 19-20 that they...

Al-Serraj renews call for elections in Libya

  • 10 October 2017 - 17:07
Al-Serraj renews call for elections in Libya

Head of Libya’s unity government Fayez Al-Sarraj has renewed his support for any political plan that leads to holding fresh presidential and parliamentary elections in the conflict-ridden country. Speaking during a meeting with German ambassador to Libya Christian Buck, al-Sarraj hailed the...

Angry protesters block Tobruk’s HoR building, disallow meeting

  • 9 October 2017 - 17:02
Angry protesters block Tobruk’s HoR building, disallow meeting

Dozens of protesters have briefly blocked the gates of the parliament based in the country’s east, preventing a crucial session, lawmakers said on Monday, before negotiations ended the standoff. The house was to convene for the first time since the new U.N. envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame,...

NATO must prevent Russia from having stronger presence in Libya, General-Secretary says

  • 9 October 2017 - 13:52
NATO must prevent Russia from having stronger presence in Libya, General-Secretary says

NATO should not let Russia strengthen its presence in divided Libya as Moscow’s involvement in the peace settlement process in Syria has only created an "even more difficult situation," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. "We are following closely the situation in Libya more...

Thousands of trapped immigrants found in Sabratha camps

  • 8 October 2017 - 15:00
Thousands of trapped immigrants found in Sabratha camps

Thousands of migrants have been found trapped in camps in Libya the past days after they were caught amid the fighting over the northwestern city of Sabratha, officials said Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Over 4,000 migrants, including pregnant women and children, were found in the...

Libyan navy fires at oil-smuggling vessel

  • 8 October 2017 - 12:34
Libyan navy fires at oil-smuggling vessel

The Libyan coastguard has opened fire on an oil tanker carrying contraband fuel, a spokesperson for the navy told AFP on Saturday. “The ‘Goeast’, flying the Comoran flag, was spotted three days ago heading for Abu Kamash and took on fuel via a pipeline on Thursday night, two kilometres...

East Libya forces prepare to take control of Tripoli, military chief says

  • 7 October 2017 - 21:37
East Libya forces prepare to take control of Tripoli, military chief says

A military chief of staff of the east-based Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) has vowed to march with 35.000 fighters to Tripoli and liberate it from "militias." Abdelrazik Al-Nadori told the Swiss German-Language newspaper Neuen Zürcher Zeitung that they are readying their troops for the...