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).

The views expressed in Op-Ed pieces are those of the author and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Libyan Express.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.
You might also like

Submit a Correction

For: Amnesty accuses EU of complicity in human rights violations in Libya

Your suggestion have been successfully submitted

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Libyan Express will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.