Ten international NGOs calls for helping migrants in Libya

May 25th 2019

Ten international NGOs have renewed their call to European states to put in place a more human migration policy, in particular to help migrants trapped in appalling conditions in Libya.


On May 23, members of the Libya INGO Forum (INGOF) * called for "transforming the current policies that encourage and nurture a system of criminalization and detention of refugees and migrants into ones that protect lives and dignity."


"Despite Libya's fragile and unstable situation, the country remains at the center of the European Union's (EU) efforts to prevent access to its shores. Human rights abuses and abuses against migrants and refugees in the country are widely demonstrated and known. Yet migration policies of the EU and its member states, including support for the Libyan coast guard, indirectly contribute to the return of migrants and refugees who risk their lives while crossing the Mediterranean. They end up being held in inhuman conditions with almost no chances of exercising their right to seek asylum or access any other form of international protection. The lack of access to drinking water, food and medical services continues to increase as violence in the country intensifies."


The Forum of International NGOs "calls on European citizens and civil society to continue to make their voices heard, and urges European leaders to adopt migration policies in line with humanitarian standards and respect for human rights".


UN agencies and humanitarian organizations regularly point out their opposition to bringing migrants arrested at sea back to Libya in view of the violence and abuse they face, a situation that has become even worse since the beginning of Marshal K.Haftar's military offensive.


* The Libya INGO Forum (INGOF) is an independent network of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) implementing humanitarian programs to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable population living in Libya, including migrants and refugees (Première Urgence Internationale, Danish Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps or Terre des Hommes, GVC Italia, InterSOS, CESVI, CEFA, Albero della vita).