Posts Tagged ‘Illegal Immigrants’

Illegal migrants hijack merchant ships that rescued them off Libya’s coast

  • 27 March 2019 - 19:49
Illegal migrants hijack merchant ships that rescued them off Libya’s coast

Illegal migrants have hijacked a merchant ship after rescuing them off the coast of Libya, Italian media reported Wednesday. The hijacked ship it is now heading towards Malta, according to the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and Maltese authorities. The 108 illegal migrants were...

Human Rights Watch: UN Rights Council Should Establish Libya Mechanism

  • 23 March 2019 - 13:08
Human Rights Watch: UN Rights Council Should Establish Libya Mechanism

Human Rights Watch remains concerned by the human rights crisis in Libya, which is taking place amidst near-absolute impunity. "We regret the failure of this Council to provide a credible response. The fact that I am speaking under an item 10 General Debate – rather than dedicated dialogue on...

About 30 illegal migrants drown off Libya’s Sabbath coast

  • 21 March 2019 - 22:18
About 30 illegal migrants drown off Libya’s Sabbath coast

At least 30 migrants are believed to be missing after their boat sank off the western Libyan city of Sabratha this week, a coastguard spokesman said on Thursday. According to a survivor the boat was carrying almost 50 migrants, coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. The body of one child was...

Over 30 illegal migrants went missing as boat capsized off Libyan coast

  • 20 March 2019 - 18:21
Over 30 illegal migrants went missing as boat capsized off Libyan coast

A child died and 30 people went missing when a migrant boat sank off the Libyan coast on Tuesday, the Libyan Navy said. “The wooden boat sank after it crashed into rocks near the coast of the western Libyan city of Sabratha,’’ Libyan Navy spokesman Ayoub Qassim said. He said the residents...

50 illegal migrants wounded as they staged protest in Libyan detention center

  • 9 March 2019 - 14:24
50 illegal migrants wounded as they staged protest in Libyan detention center

Over 50 migrants were reportedly injured after they had staged a protest that was suppressed inside a detention centre in Tripoli, the United Nations said on Friday. The protest had been "driven by frustration and anxiety" as the migrants had been held for months "in extremely dire conditions,"...

UNHCR concerned over treatment of illegal immigrants in Libya detention centers

  • 6 March 2019 - 12:21
UNHCR concerned over treatment of illegal immigrants in Libya detention centers

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said it was troubled by reports of the use of force against protesting asylum seekers last week in Sikka detention centre in Libya's capital. "The protests have been driven by frustration and anxiety among asylum-seekers who have been detained in extremely dire...

IOM: Over 40.000 migrants voluntarily returned home from Libya since 2015

  • 25 February 2019 - 16:18
IOM: Over 40.000 migrants voluntarily returned home from Libya since 2015

  After an operation for voluntary returns last week, the UN agency for migration International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that the total number of migrants that had voluntarily returned from Libya to their country of origin since 2015 had risen to 40,000.   Over 160...

Libya’s coastguards rescue 116 migrants off the coast, MSF denounces

  • 23 February 2019 - 13:27
Libya’s coastguards rescue 116 migrants off the coast, MSF denounces

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has reported that 116 migrants have been "forcibly returned" to Libya after a day and a half at sea. MSF said in a tweet that the migrants, including 21 women and children, disembarked in the western coastal city of Al-Khums early Thursday."MSF provided water, food,...

150 migrants in distress returned to Libya’s Al-Khoms port

  • 13 February 2019 - 13:31
150 migrants in distress returned to Libya’s Al-Khoms port

A migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya's coast was in distress with an estimated 150 people on board, activists said on Monday. On Tuesday the migrants on the boat were picked up by a merchant ship and taken back to Al-Khoms in Libya, dpa reports. The migrants on board were allegedly...

Canada to take in over 700 illegal migrants from Libya detention centers

  • 9 February 2019 - 12:56
Canada to take in over 700 illegal migrants from Libya detention centers

Canada has announced it will take in 750 refugees from Libya, some rescued from migrant detention centers. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said in a statement that Canada had already resettled more than 150 people, with another 600 anticipated to arrive in the next two...

MSF: Number of migrants returned to Libya “appalling detention centers” growing

  • 24 January 2019 - 14:41
MSF: Number of migrants returned to Libya “appalling detention centers” growing

Over the past two weeks, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Libya have observed a sharp increase in the number of people held in detention centers in Misrata and Khoms. "Most are vulnerable refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers intercepted or rescued at sea and...

UN: 144 migrants rescued at sea have been sent to Libya

  • 22 January 2019 - 22:19
UN: 144 migrants rescued at sea have been sent to Libya

More than 140 refugees and migrants rescued at sea have landed in Misrata, Libya, and been taken to a detention centre, the United Nations says. But the UN has made clear it has done so reluctantly. "In Libya's current context, where outbreaks of violence and widespread human rights...

Human Rights Watch criticizes Italy, EU’s Libya migrant policy

  • 21 January 2019 - 17:17
Human Rights Watch criticizes Italy, EU’s Libya migrant policy

Human Rights Watch has urged Italy and the European Union to condition their support to Libya on tangible improvements in detention conditions for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The rights group said in a report Monday that unquestioning foreign support for Libya’s coast guard leads to...

About 117 illegal migrants drown off Libyan coast

  • 20 January 2019 - 15:22
About 117 illegal migrants drown off Libyan coast

Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday. It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to...

Qatar provides $20 million for evacuation of African migrants from Libya

  • 14 January 2019 - 12:38
Qatar provides $20 million for evacuation of African migrants from Libya

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Sunday ordered to set up a fund of 20 million U.S. dollars to evacuate African immigrants in Libya to their home countries. The fund, which will be under the auspices of the African Union (AU), should cover the costs of sending illegal African...

Libyan Red Crescent volunteers recover five immigrants’ bodies off Sirte shores

  • 9 January 2019 - 13:00
Libyan Red Crescent volunteers recover five immigrants’ bodies off Sirte shores

The Libyan Red Crescent volunteers recovered on Tuesday five bodies of immigrants off the shore of Sirte, about 450 kilometers east of the capital Tripoli. The five bodies were recovered in Harawa district in eastern Sirte, the Red Crescent said on its Facebook page. Last December, the Red...

311 migrants arrive in Spain onboard Proactiva Open Arms boat

  • 29 December 2018 - 16:00
311 migrants arrive in Spain onboard Proactiva Open Arms boat

A charity rescue vessel carrying 311 mainly African migrants plucked off Libya docked in Spain Friday, ending a traumatic journey which saw them spending Christmas at sea and several European nations denying the ship entry. The vessel docked in the port of Crinavis near the southern...

UN: Migrants trapped in Libya experience “unimaginable horrors”

  • 20 December 2018 - 17:51
UN: Migrants trapped in Libya experience “unimaginable horrors”

 The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or witnessed others taken away to be abused, the United Nations said Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews. The Office of the High...

UNHCR: 114 migrants resettled from Libya to Canada and Norway

  • 13 December 2018 - 15:41
UNHCR: 114 migrants resettled from Libya to Canada and Norway

The United Nation Higher Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday that it has helped resettle 114 immigrants from Libya to Norway and Canada in the first week of December. "During the first week of December, 3 flights with 114 Eritrean, Sudanese and Syrian vulnerable refugees left Libya...

MSF: Migrants forced to disembark in Libya are still at risk

  • 10 December 2018 - 21:04
MSF: Migrants forced to disembark in Libya are still at risk

More than 90 people rescued in the central Mediterranean Sea last month by the merchant ship Nivin are still being held in Libya after they were forcibly removed from the ship by Libyan security forces in Misrata. This assault underscores the increasingly harsh treatment of migrants,...