Human Rights Watch has criticized the U.N. Human Rights Council for not insisting on accountability for abuses committed against migrants by EU-backed Libyan Coast Guard.
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Human Rights Watch has called on Libya’s House of Representatives to repeal a 2022 Anti-Cybercrime Law, which the NGO says it “restricts freedoms of speech”, and urging authorities in eastern Libya to “immediately release anyone they are holding under this law for peaceful expression.”
The use by the EU’s border agency, Frontex, of aerial surveillance to enable the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept migrant boats, knowing that migrants and asylum seekers will face systematic and widespread abuse when forcibly returned to Libya, makes Frontex complicit in the abuse, Human Rights Watch and Border Forensics said in a multimedia research feature released today.
A visit to Libya by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor has reignited hope for long-delayed justice for the victims of a militia that controlled a town during the 2019-2020 battle for Tripoli, the capital, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.
A European Union drone is helping Libyan forces intercept boats carrying migrants in the Mediterranean, who are then “hauled back to arbitrary detention and abuse”, according to Human Rights Watch.
The U.N. Human Right Council decision to extend the mandate of the fact-finding mission on Libya for only nine months is not enough and needs to be extended for a year, Human Right Watch noted on Friday.