EU starts training for second batch of Libyan coastguards

Libya coastguard vessels (Photo:Libyan Navy)

The European Union announced on Monday that it had started training the second group of Libyan coastguards in the Greek island, Crete, as pat of the Operation Sophia Programme.

According to the EU’s High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini’s contacts bureau, over 20 Libyan coastguards are included in this new training, which aims at combating human trafficking and arresting smugglers.

The EU said that the training, which will go on all over the year, will teach Libyan coastguards human rights, equality between men and women and marine rights as well as the rudiments of search and rescue operations.

Last year in October, the EU started the training with the first group of Libyan coastguards, about 80, and they are still being trained and expected to finish this month.

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