EU mi­grant deal in­hu­man, UN says

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

The EU’s pol­icy of aid­ing Libyan au­thor­i­ties to in­ter­cept mi­grants and re­turn them to de­ten­tion is “in­hu­man”, the United Na­tions said on Tues­day.

The UN’s hu­man rights chief ac­cused Euro­pean coun­tries of ig­nor­ing warn­ings over the deal struck with Libya.

Au­thor­i­ties say it has caused de­tainees to rise sharply to al­most 20,000.

UN mon­i­tors who vis­ited fa­cil­i­ties said they found “thou­sands of ema­ci­ated and trau­ma­tized men, women and chil­dren piled on top of each other”.

The UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hus­sein, said mi­grants had been locked in hangars and stripped of dig­nity with “no ac­cess to the most ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties”.

He said the sit­u­a­tion is fast-de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, and the Libyan de­ten­tion sys­tem as “bro­ken be­yond re­pair”.

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