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Libyan Newswire

U.N. CALLS FOR GLOBAL ACTION TO ADDRESS MIGRANT, REFUGEE FLOWS IN LIBYA

GENEVA, Switzerland, The United Nations underscored the need for a comprehensive approach, to address the situation of migrants and refugees in Libya.

The call was made, following a meeting of the Director-General of the International Organisation for Migration, William Lacy Swing, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, Martin Kobler, in Geneva.

The four UN officials also urged global action, to assist the hundreds of thousands of Libyans displaced and impacted by the crisis.

"Along with many Libyans, migrants and refugees are heavily impacted by ongoing conflicts and the breakdown in law and order in Libya. Untold numbers of migrants and refugees, particularly those smuggled or trafficked into Libya and those in detention, are subjected to grave human rights abuses and violations," reads a joint press statement by the UN officials.

They warned that, migrants and refugees in detention are held outside of any legal process and in conditions which are generally inhuman. They are exposed to malnutrition, extortion, torture, sexual violence and other abuses.

They stressed the need for close cooperation at the regional and international level, and the need to look at the drivers of migrant and refugee flows, while simultaneously improving regular pathways.

In this respect, they welcomed initiatives aimed at enhancing the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees, saving lives at sea and addressing the reasons why individuals are undertaking irregular and precarious migration.

They called for an international solidarity to address this crisis, involving not only Libya, but also countries of origin, transit and destination.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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