Amnesty accuses EU of complicity in human rights violations in Libya

African immigrants arrive in Tripoli after being detained by the Libyan coastguard (Reuters)

Amnesty International organization accused European governments of complicity in torture and abuses against refugees and migrants in Libya, citing the European Union’s support for these actions.

In a report published on Tuesday, the organization said the EU’s support to Libya in efforts to prevent illegal immigrants from reaching Europe makes it an accomplice in human rights violations.

The Amnesty 66-page report – ‘Libya’s dark web of collusion’ – also shows how European governments are actively supporting a system of abuse of refugees and migrants by the Libyan Coast Guard, the detention authorities in Libyan and smugglers operating in the country.

Amnesty Europe director, John Dalhuisen said ” by actively supporting the Libyan authorities in stopping sea crossings and containing people in Libya, they are complicit in these crimes.”

Around 20.000 migrants are currently held across 42 detention centers under the control of the Interior ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA).

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