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Answer – In Libya migrants are being sold into slavery – E-007269/2017

The European Commission is aware of the dire situation faced by migrants in Libya and condemns all human rights and international humanitarian law violations and abuses against refugees and migrants. In his State of the Union Address of 13 September 2017, President Juncker acknowledged ‘collective responsibility’ and assured that the Commission ‘would work in concert with the United Nations to put an end to this scandalous situation’.

On multiple occasions, the EU has called for the Libyan authorities to ensure unhindered access of humanitarian actors into Libya and for the closure of detention centres and their replacement by ‘open centres’.

In January 2017, the Joint Communication ‘Managing flows, saving lives’(1) set out a comprehensive strategy to rapidly adopt actions along the Central Mediterranean Route to help save lives, fight smuggling, improve the conditions of migrants and refugees, encourage return to the countries of origin, and overall, better manage migration.

Through a number of specific actions, the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF)(2) addresses the appalling conditions in which migrants are detained and provides support to the Libyan authorities to improve their capacities to manage migration in a humane and dignified manner.

The EU-UN-African Union Task Force, set up in the margins of the EU-Africa Summit in November 2017, agreed to better coordinate efforts to save and protect lives along migration routes, notably inside Libya.

An EU joint high-level mission was in Tripoli on 22 February 2018 to urge the Libyan authorities to improve conditions at detention centres and, ultimately, close them down. It also requested that Libyan authorities remove all remaining obstacles to Assisted Voluntary Returns carried out by the International Organisation for Migration.

(1) JOIN(2017) adopted on 25 January 2017
(2) EU Trust Fund for Africa — Factsheet on support to Libya: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-we-do/policies/european-agenda-migration/20171207_eu_action_in_libya_on_migration_en.pdf
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