Euro-Med Monitor at HRC: EU technical support to Libyan Coast Guard must not be used to violate migrants’ rights

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Geneva – The Libyan Coast Guard should use technical support and capacity building provided by European countries to uphold human rights, rather than violate the rights of at-risk groups, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said in a joint statement with the Youth Parliament for SDGs at the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The EU has allocated millions of euros in technical assistance to the Libyan Coast Guard to help control the country’s borders, intercept migrants and asylum seekers at sea and block their arrival in Europe, the statement said. Maha Hussaini, Head of Strategy at Euro-Med Monitor. Director.

Euro-Med Monitor has documented numerous cases of vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers from war-torn areas in the MENA region who have been intercepted, held in arbitrary detention and systematically subjected to torture, sexual violence and to general exploitation until they pay guards to set them free. and may attempt to cross the sea again, Hussaini said.

She added that the EU continues to provide technical support to the Libyan authorities with the aim of limiting the arrival of migrants to Europe, despite the EU’s awareness of the serious abuses faced by migrants in Libya and the fact that the country is not safe for them.

Euro-Med Monitor and Youth Parliament for SDGs have called on the EU to put in place monitoring mechanisms to ensure that the technical and financial support provided to the Libyan Coast Guard will no longer be used to violate the human rights of migrants and asylum seekers.

The statement also called on the EU to establish a Euro-Libyan cooperation mechanism to deploy sufficient maritime search and rescue missions across the Mediterranean, ensure humane treatment of rescued people and properly receive them.

The statement:

Mister President,
Technical support and capacity building are offered to improve the human rights situation and should never be used to violate the rights of vulnerable groups.

For years, the EU has provided millions of euros to provide technical assistance to the Libyan Coast Guard to strengthen their ability to control the country’s borders and intercept migrants and asylum seekers at sea to prevent their arrival in Europe.

Over the past year, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has documented several cases in which vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers from war-torn areas in the MENA region have been intercepted, arbitrarily detained and systematically subjected to torture, sexual violence and general exploitation. until they pay guards to free them and can attempt the sea crossing again.

Despite the awareness of the serious abuses faced by migrants in Libya and the fact that the country is not safe for them, the EU continues to provide technical support to the Libyan authorities to limit the arrival of migrants in Europe .

Euro-Med Monitor and Youth Parliament for SDGs call on the EU to put in place monitoring mechanisms to ensure that the technical and financial support provided to the Libyan Coast Guard is not used to violate the human rights of migrants and asylum seekers.

The EU should set up a Euro-Libyan cooperation mechanism to deploy enough maritime search and rescue missions along the maritime routes, to ensure the humanitarian treatment of the rescued people and to accommodate these people in appropriate places.

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