EU sees spike on Turkey migration route as NGOs slam return policies

EU sees spike on Turkey migration route as NGOs slam return policies

Global human rights organization Amnesty International is again pressuring European Union nations to change its policies on migration from Libya, where thousands of refugees and migrants are trapped in shocking conditions. That message comes as EU officials said Wednesday that the central Mediterranean transit numbers remain much lower, but the…

Emergency GNA meeting follows Libya election HQ attack

Emergency GNA meeting follows Libya election HQ attack

Libya’s Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidential Council for the Government of National Accord (GNA),  called an emergency meeting with security leaders Wednesday following a terrorist attack on the national election headquarters in Tripoli. The head of the Presidential Council for the Government of National Accord (GNA) issued a statement…

Libyan official says Haftar headed home to Benghazi

Libya’s Khalifa Haftar is expected to return Thursday to Benghazi, where he will address the nation following weeks of speculation about his health and the future of his Libyan National Army (LNA). Libyan media outlets, citing spokesman and military leader Saqr al-Jaroushi, said Haftar will travel home from Cairo for…

France’s Le Drian says Haftar health status is improved

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday that the condition of Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the nation’s east, has improved. That’s according to Radio France International, citing remarks Le Drian made to the Foreign Affairs Committee of France’s National Assembly while confirming that…

U.S. lifts travel ban for Chad

The United States has lifted its travel ban for Chad, citing a positive review of the Sahel nation’s identity-management and information sharing practices. “Chad is a critical and vital partner to the U.S. counterterrorism mission. Chad has made significant strides and now meets the baseline criteria,” the U.S. Department of…

Former French president Sarkozy in custody over Libyan cash

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France long shadowed by allegations of improper campaign financing, was taken into custody by police Tuesday in connection with a case that ties him to the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. In a sudden but unsurprising turn of events, Sarkozy was being held at…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

UNSMIL raises alarm over executions following Libya mosque attack

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern Wednesday after images appeared to show summary executions at the site of an earlier bombing attack in Benghazi that has claimed 35 lives. “UNSMIL is alarmed by reports of brutal and outrageous summary executions in Benghazi today,” the mission, led…

Macron’s Sahel trip spotlights security, migration investments

President Emmanuel Macron of France has announced €400 million (USD$474 million) in financial aid to Niger during his weekend press conference with President Mahamadou Issoufou in Niamey. Macron said the funding, planned through 2021, will support development in Niger and security in the Sahel. His remarks alongside Issoufou, who Macron praised…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

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,…