Salvini: Italy does the impossible to protect the rights of migrants in Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 13 Mar 2019, 10:18 PM
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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Wednesday that all possible efforts would be made to ensure that human rights are respected in centers for migrants in Libya. "We are doing what is possible and impossible" to guarantee human rights in Libya to immigrant camps run by international bodies such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Salvini made this pledge during an interrogation at the lower house of parliament during which he was asked to suspend agreements with Libya.

''Italy,'' Salvini said, ''is working to ensure that Libya fully respects human rights'' and is supporting ''programs for voluntary repatriation'' in which humanitarian organizations working in Tripoli are involved. The country, he noted, is also helping Libyans to ''strengthen border control'' by providing motorboats and equipment for satellite and radio communications. There is no intention to suspend accords with Libya, Salvini said, underscoring that the ''EU Agenda calls for greater development of relations.''

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