One year after the resumption of the armed conflict in Tripoli and at a time when the humanitarian situation in Libya continues to deteriorate due to the on-going military escalation and the spread of COVID-19, 13 regional and international civil society organizations called on "the EU institutions to put an end to any action that traps people in a country where they find themselves in constant and serious danger".
For Amnesty International, the Italian Recreational and Cultural Association (ARCI), the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration(ASGI), Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF), the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies(CIHRS), the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EuroMed Rights), the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Lawyers for Justice in Libya ( LFJL), Oxfam International, Migreurop and Saferworld, “EU institutions should review and reform EU cooperation policies with Libya on migration and border management and control. Over the past three years, these measures have facilitated the confinement of tens of thousands of women, men and children in a country where they have been subjected to appalling abuse."
This call coincides with the submission of a complaint made by GLAN, ASGI and ARCI to the European Court of Auditors (ECA).
In the submitted complaint, the three organizations called on ECA to launch an audit of the EU-Libya cooperation. Such a process would aim to determine whether the EU has breached its financial regulations, as well as its human rights obligations, in its effort to support the management of the Libyan borders.