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Coronavirus – Libya: On the one year anniversary of the bloody attack on the Tajoura Detention Centre, the UN renews its call for the closure of migration Detention Centres and accountability

Coronavirus – Libya: On the one year anniversary of the bloody attack on the Tajoura Detention Centre, the UN renews its call for the closure of migration Detention Centres and accountability

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Libya grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, with detained migrants and asylum seekers who are vulnerable and exposedTRIPOLI, Libya, July 3, 2020/ -- Today marks one year since the airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre which resulted in the killing of at least 52 migrants and the injury of 87 others in one of the deadliest incidents since the launch of the attack on Tripoli in April 2019.The attack on Tajoura, where migrants and refugees were trapped, and where some had been detained for up to two years without charge, underlines the urgent need to close down all migration Detention Centres in Libya and release  migrants and asylum seekers, along with  the provision of protection and assistance. This is particularly urgent as Libya grapples with the COVID-19 pan...
Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR provides emergency assistance to thousands in Libya as continued conflict and COVID-19 create more hardship

Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR provides emergency assistance to thousands in Libya as continued conflict and COVID-19 create more hardship

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Amidst deteriorating security conditions, as well as restrictions on movement due to COVID19, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has provided emergency assistance to some 3,500 refugees and internally displaced Libyans during the last two weeks. The assistance package helped some 1,600 urban refugees, more than 700 refugees being held in detention and close to 1,500 displaced Libyans in different sites across Libya, and included one month’s worth of food and hygiene kits. The distributions are supporting some of the most vulnerable people with help during Ramadan – an important moment to show solidarity as people a...
Coronavirus – Libya: UNSMIL condemns indiscriminate attacks on civilian populated neighborhoods in Tripoli, causing many civilian casualties

Coronavirus – Libya: UNSMIL condemns indiscriminate attacks on civilian populated neighborhoods in Tripoli, causing many civilian casualties

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UNSMIL strongly condemns increased attacks on civilian populated areas in Tripoli, including the appalling shelling yesterday on Tripoli’s Zawiat al-Dahmani neighbourhood, near the Turkish embassy and the Italian ambassador’s residence, which reportedly killed at least two civilians and injured three others. UNSMIL will continue to document violations to be shared, where relevant, with the  Panel of Experts and  the International Criminal Court. UNSMIL is deeply alarmed by the intensification of indiscriminate attacks at a moment when Libyans deserve to peacefully observe the holy month of Ramadan and a time when they are battling the COVID-19 pandemic. These despicable actions are a direct challenge to calls by some Libyan leaders for an end to the protracted fighting and for the resu...
Coronavirus – Libya: Escalating violence in Libya jeopardises COVID-19 response, warns IRC

Coronavirus – Libya: Escalating violence in Libya jeopardises COVID-19 response, warns IRC

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As the violence in Libya escalates by the day, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is warning that attacks on health care and civilian infrastructure are not only adding to the conflict’s ever increasing death toll, but also jeopardising the country’s already fragile COVID-19 response. At least 28 people were injured and five killed when their homes were hit on Monday, and the organisation is extremely concerned that civilian neighbourhoods appear to be coming under deliberate attack. Additionally, two field hospitals were shelled on Wednesday injuring five paramedics, while the Al Khadra Hospital in Tripoli was hit three times in the space of just five days earlier in April - putting out of action one of the few hospitals that had been designated to care for suspected COVID-19...
Coronavirus – Libya: One year of destructive war in Libya, UNSMIL renews calls for immediate cessation of hostilities and unity to combat COVID-19

Coronavirus – Libya: One year of destructive war in Libya, UNSMIL renews calls for immediate cessation of hostilities and unity to combat COVID-19

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UNSMIL appeals to all concerned to activate the humanitarian truce immediately and cease all military operations to allow Libyan authorities to respond to the threat of COVID-19TRIPOLI, Libya- Yesterday marked one year since the forces of “Libyan National Army” Commander General Khalifa Haftar launched their offensive to seize Tripoli, Libya’s capital. What resulted is a needless conflict that shattered the hopes of many Libyans for a peaceful political transition via a National Conference that could have paved the way towards unifying the country’s long-divided institutions via parliamentary and presidential elections. The conflict has since escalated into a dangerous and potentially endless proxy war fueled by cynical foreign powers that has now widened geographically with civilians pay...
AFRICA: AU planning inter-Libya reconciliation forum after Brazzaville summit.

AFRICA: AU planning inter-Libya reconciliation forum after Brazzaville summit.

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Three African presidents were in Brazzaville, capital of Republic of Congo on Thursday when the 8th meeting of the African Union High Level Committee on Libya was held. Host president Denis Sassou-Nguesso was joined by his Djibouti counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh and Mohamed Ould Ghazouani of Mauritania. The AU chief Moussa Faki Mahamat was also in attendance along with other government reps. The AU chief said the summit had resolved to convene an Inter-Libyan Reconciliation Conference, in consultation with Libyan parties, neighbouring countries and the United Nations. “The 11-member Committee, chaired by Pres Sassou Nguesso, also agreed to establish a Preparatory Committee for the AU Inter-Libyan Forum, which will be open to all parties to the Libyan conflict, includin...
AFRICA: Libyan cease-fire unravels as eastern warlord Hifter leaves Moscow without signing truce.

AFRICA: Libyan cease-fire unravels as eastern warlord Hifter leaves Moscow without signing truce.

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A provisional cease-fire reached two days ago between Libya’s warring factions appeared to unravel on Tuesday, as eastern commander Khalifa Hifter abruptly left Moscow without signing the agreement. In Libya’s capital, Tripoli, reports emerged of clashes erupting in several neighborhoods, potentially complicating mediation efforts to achieve a lasting peace. The North African oil producer has been gripped by conflict since the 2011 ouster and death of longtime ruler Moammar Gaddafi. In April, Hifter’s forces launched a surprise offensive in an effort to topple the ­U.N.-installed Government of National Accord in Tripoli. On Monday, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj signed the cease-fire agreement drafted by Russia and Turkey. But Hifter, who is aligned with a rival go...
LIBYA: Six months following the enforced disappearance of Siham Sergewa, UNSMIL calls for her immediate release

LIBYA: Six months following the enforced disappearance of Siham Sergewa, UNSMIL calls for her immediate release

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Siham Sergewa, an elected member of the House of Representatives, was seized at night from her home in the heavily fortified Buhedima District of BenghaziTRIPOLI, Libya, January 17, 2020/ -- Six months ago, Siham Sergewa, an elected member of the House of Representatives, was seized at night from her home in the heavily fortified Buhedima District of Benghazi. Since her violent abduction, Ms. Sergewa’s fate remains unknown.UNSMIL continues to follow up on the enforced disappearance of Ms. Sergewa and reiterates that the authorities in eastern Libya are responsible for respecting international human rights law and are legally obliged to establish the fate and whereabouts of Ms. Sergewa.Ms. Sergewa’s enforced disappearance constitutes an attempt to silence one of Libya’s promin...
LIBYA: Tens of thousands of children at risk amidst violence and chaos of unrelenting conflict

LIBYA: Tens of thousands of children at risk amidst violence and chaos of unrelenting conflict

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta ForeNEW YORK, United States of America, January 17, 2020/ -- “Children in Libya, including refugee and migrant children, continue to suffer grievously amidst the violence and chaos unleashed by the country’s longstanding civil war.“Since April last year when hostilities broke out in Tripoli and western Libya, conditions for thousands of children and the civilians have deteriorated further. Indiscriminate attacks in populated areas have caused hundreds of deaths, and UNICEF has received reports of children being maimed or killed. Children are also being recruited to the fighting. Meanwhile, more than 150,000 people, 90,000 of whom are children, have been forced to flee their homes and are now internally displaced.“Infrastructure o...