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Refugees, Migrants Refuse to Unload in Libya’s Port of Misrata For Fear of Torture and Detention – UN

Dozens of migrants and refugees aboard a commercial vessel in a Libyan port refuse to be unloaded. They fear torture and detention, reports France24.

A group of at least 79 refugees and migrants, including several children, have been on board a boat in the port of Misrata in western Libya for nearly 10 days. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said they came from Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia.

Their boat was intercepted in the Mediterranean en route to Europe and brought to Libya by a Panamanian commercial vessel “in flagrant violation of international law,” Amnesty International said.

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Amnesty International has called on the European and Panamanian authorities to ensure the safety of those on board, stressing that Libya “can not be considered a safe place to disembark. “

“The demonstration aboard the ship in Misrata gives a clear indication of the horrific conditions faced by refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centers where they are regularly exposed to torture, rape, beatings, extortion and to other ill-treatment, said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s director in the Middle East and North Africa.

“According to international law, no one should be forced to go where their life is in danger,” she added.

Immersed in chaos after the fall and assassination of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has become a favored transit point for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who make dangerous underground offers to travel to Europe.

Many migrants intercepted or rescued at sea find themselves in detention centers where they face difficult living conditions. UNHCR warned last week that the situation continues to deteriorate due to food shortages and the spread of diseases including tuberculosis.

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