New UNSMIL report details African migrant horrors in Libya

New UNSMIL report details African migrant horrors in Libya

Migrants and refugees are being subjected to “unimaginable horrors” from the moment they enter Libya, and at every stage of their journey as they seek to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to a report released Thursday by UNSMIL, the UN Support Mission in Libya. The 61-page report is based on…

UNHCR says traffickers in Libya are impersonating their staff

UNHCR says traffickers in Libya are impersonating their staff

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says human traffickers and smugglers in Libya are impersonating their humanitarian aid staff, wearing UNHCR vests and other items to deceive migrants. Citing reliable reports from their sources and refugees, UNHCR said the practice pops up at smuggling hubs and disembarkation points where migrant…

Amnesty: Europe complicit in Libya’s migrant human rights crisis

European governments share responsibility in the exploitation and torture of thousands of African migrants trapped in Libya, driven by “a policy of containment” that leaves them at the mercy of Libyan authorities and human traffickers they actively support, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The human rights organization released a new report,…

Egypt: High-profile Hijazi detention, NGO case end in acquittal

An Egyptian-American held in detention for her humanitarian aid work with street children was acquitted in a Cairo court on Sunday. Aya Hijazi and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, were among eight people found not guilty on charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and torture, according to Egyptian media reports….