UN human rights high commissioner warns of “endemic” violations in Libya migrants’ centres

UN human rights high commissioner warns of “endemic” violations in Libya migrants’ centres (Photo: Internet)

High commissioner of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights warned Thursday that serious violations were “endemic” in many detention centres in Libya, but said he was “optimistic” that authorities were intent on improving the situation.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who this week became the first UN rights chief to make an official visit to Libya, welcomed commitments he received from authorities, including Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, and the ministers of Justice and Interior, to address a wide range of abuses.

But he warned that “the human rights situation in Libya continues to be marked by widespread abuses and violations perpetrated by all sides to the conflict with complete impunity.”

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