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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: 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

AFRICA
TRIPOLI, Libya, July 4, 2020 -- Yesterday marked 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 pandemic, with detained migrants and asylum seekers who are vulnerable and exposed, given the poor sanitation, health an...
Coronavirus – Libya: Connected by their phones, women peacebuilders lead COVID-19 prevention efforts across Libya

Coronavirus – Libya: Connected by their phones, women peacebuilders lead COVID-19 prevention efforts across Libya

AFRICA
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 29, 2020/ -- “We believe that we should be one Libya,” said one member of the Libyan Women’s Network for Peacebuilding, a new network of women representing a broad social, political, generational and geographic spectrum of war-divided Libya. The network was created with support from UN Women in July 2019. Separated by their country’s divisions, both geographically and politically, 36 Libyan women have since used their phones to connect, discuss and overcome their differences in the interest of one goal: Peace. Members of the group are not new to activism. Each member has her own network of activists in her own region where she is already working to support their own communities. Although rarely documented, Libyan women have always had a vital...
Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR Update Libya

Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR Update Libya

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 29, 2020/ -- Highlights On 15 June, UNHCR and WFP launched a joint programme to provide emergency food aid to refugees and asylum-seekers living in the urban community in Tripoli. The project aims to scale up to reach 10,000 individuals this year. The partnership was launched in recognition of the severe socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Libya as well as the effects of the ongoing conflict. Download Report:https://bit.ly/3hNuBOk As World Refugee Day (20 June) draws near, UNHCR held several days of art workshops at a shelter in Misrata for 44 residents, including 15 children. The shelter houses persons of concern awaiting resettlement to third countries. UNHCR continues to provide assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Li...
Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR Update Libya

Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR Update Libya

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 28, 2020/ -- Population movement As of 26 June, 5,049 refugees and migrants have been registered as rescued/intercepted at sea in 2020, by the Libyan Coast Guard and disembarked in Libya. On 26 June, 270 refugees and migrants were disembarked at the Tripoli Naval Base. The group included 13 women and 23 minors. UNHCR and its partner, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), were present at the disembarkation point to provide urgent medical assistance and core relief items (CRIs) before the individuals were transferred to Souq AlKhamees detention centre by the Libyan authorities. By way of comparison, over the same period in 2019, 3,457 individuals had been disembarked in Libya.UNHCR response** Download Report:https://bit.ly/2CDJi6v On the occasion of Wo...
Egypt’s Sisi warns of ‘direct intervention’ in Libya

Egypt’s Sisi warns of ‘direct intervention’ in Libya

AFRICA
Cairo - Egypt's president warned Saturday that advances by Turkey-backed Libyan forces on the Libyan city of Sirte could prompt an Egyptian military intervention in the neighbouring country in support of Cairo's ally Khalifa Haftar. Meanwhile, Ankara has urged forces led by the eastern-based Haftar to withdraw from the strategic city for a ceasefire agreement to be reached. The UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has made major military gains against Haftar's forces recently thanks to increased support from its backer Turkey. The key city of Sirte, which lies some 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of the capital, is under the control of Haftar's forces, who last year launched a recently aborted attempt to seize control of western Libya. In a televised a...
Coronavirus: Libya COVID-19 cases double in 14 days as violence increases, exacerbating existing threats facing vulnerable populations

Coronavirus: Libya COVID-19 cases double in 14 days as violence increases, exacerbating existing threats facing vulnerable populations

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NEW YORK, United States of America, June 21, 2020/ -- In the past two weeks alone, COVID-19 cases in Libya have more than doubled, while a change in conflict dynamics has forced 24,000 people from their homes, putting the lives of vulnerable populations at even greater risk, warns the IRC. As the conflict continues in the eastern and southern parts of the country, the organisation is warning that without all sides and their international sponsors committing efforts to secure an immediate, lasting, nationwide ceasefire, the Libyan people will continue to suffer. Since the start of the latest offensive on June 5, at least 19 civilians, including three children, have been killed. And as cases of COVID-19 increase, health services and healthcare workers are increasingly at risk. This...
Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR,World food Programme (WFP) join forces to reach thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Libya with emergency food aid

Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR,World food Programme (WFP) join forces to reach thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Libya with emergency food aid

AFRICA
TRIPOLI, Libya, June 18, 2020/ -- UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Food Programme, WFP, are joining forces in Libya in a project that will aim to reach up to 10,000 food insecure refugees and asylum seekers with emergency food aid this year. The partnership was launched in recognition of the severe socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Libya as well as the effects of the ongoing conflict. Nutritious food supports a healthy immune system, which is even more critical in challenging times of a global pandemic. Regular food support helps to meet this basic need and allows for limited income to be used for other needs. Most refugees and asylum seekers in Libya have been unable to find any daily work to support themselves as curfews have been introduced and food pr...
The Sad Football Career of Al-Saadi Gaddafi, the Son of the former Libyan leader

The Sad Football Career of Al-Saadi Gaddafi, the Son of the former Libyan leader

Sports
From an early age, Al-Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of the former Libyan leader Muamar Gadhaffi, was obsessed with football. In 1990, he began playing as a forward for Alahly Tripoli, one of Libya's biggest clubs, before moving to local rivals Al-Ittihad Tripoli a year later. After a little over two years spent in asylum provided by the Nigerian government in the aftermath of his father’s overthrow and subsequent death, Al-Saadi Gaddafi, a son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, had been extradited to his homeland, where trial for crimes committed while president of the Libyan Football Federation awaits him. Saadi is of particular interest to the football world mainly because, believe it or not, he once played the sport, and professionally, too. Not that he was a particular...
Coronavirus – Libya: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNHCR, urge European States to disembark rescued migrants and refugees on board the Captain Morgan Vessels

Coronavirus – Libya: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNHCR, urge European States to disembark rescued migrants and refugees on board the Captain Morgan Vessels

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland, May 23, 2020/ -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), are calling on Malta and other European States to speed efforts to bring some 160 rescued migrants and refugees, who remain at sea on board two Captain Morgan vessels, on to dry land and to safety. A separate group of 21 people, mostly families, women and children, were already evacuated and disembarked in Malta several days ago. It is important to disembark the remaining people as soon as possible, as they have been on board the vessel for some two weeks - the standard quarantine period for COVID-19 - without any clarity on disembarkation. It is unacceptable to leave people at sea longer than necessary, especially under difficult and unsuitable conditions. Me...
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...
INTERNATIONAL: ‘This terrible situation cannot be allowed to continue’, UN chief tells world leaders at major Libya summit

INTERNATIONAL: ‘This terrible situation cannot be allowed to continue’, UN chief tells world leaders at major Libya summit

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Speaking at a major, high-level summit on Libya, held in the German capital Berlin on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres evoked the disastrous humanitarian situation faced by thousands of civilians, as conflict in the North African country grows deeper and more destructiveNEW YORK, United States of America, January 20, 2020/ -- As fight continues between forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, which control large tracts of territory in the country, and the government in Tripoli, world leaders attended the International Conference in the hope of finding a political solution.General Khaftar’s forces have besieged the capital since April, and the fighting has been fuelled by increasing foreign interference. Whilst the government is backed by the UN, The Libyan National...
AFRICA: Libyan conflict: foreign powers ‘withdraw’ military support, back ceasefire

AFRICA: Libyan conflict: foreign powers ‘withdraw’ military support, back ceasefire

AFRICA
Foreign powers backing rival governments in Libya have agreed to stop military interference in the country, and rather support ongoing efforts to achieve a permanent ceasefire that could facilitate a political solution to the conflict. The resolutions were arrived at during a Peace Summit hosted by Germany on Sunday. In attendance were the presidents of Russia, Turkey, France, Egypt and the United States Secretary of State. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that countries with interests in Libya’s long-running conflict have agreed to respect a much-violated arms embargo. I cannot stress enough the summit's conclusion that there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya. “Yes, we spoke to them individually, because the differences between the two parties are s...