Dear Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj and President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker,
I am writing to express my grave concern regarding the shocking reports of abuses of migrants and refugees in Libya.
There more than 20 000 migrants and refugees currently detained in Libya in official detention centers run by militias and armed groups loosely affiliated to the Government. These militias are holding these migrants and refugees in horrific conditions, without access to food, water or medication. They constantly commit the most appalling abuses, including torture, extortion, bounded labour and sexual abuses.
I'm deeply worried that by training, equipping and supporting the Libyan coastguard, Europe is trapping migrants and refugees in Libya and fuelling these abuses.
Confining people in cruelty cannot be a solution, therefore I urge you to:
• Release all migrants and refugees from detention centers and end the arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants in Libya
• Investigate all allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of refugees and migrants in Libya, and ensure that the suspected perpetrators are prosecuted in a transparent and fair trial to put an end to the vicious cycle of abuse.
• Review how they cooperate on migration policies, to prioritise protecting the human rights of refugees and migrants, instead of trapping people in Libya
• Formally recognize the UNHCR and allow the organization to carry out its full mandate including the protection of asylum seekers and refugees.
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