UNHCR calls on Libyan authorities to release a group of Sudanese nationals being detained in Tripoli

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 07 Nov 2023, 10:17 PM
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday evening called on the Libyan authorities to release a group of Sudanese nationals who were transferred to a migrant shelter in Tripoli, on October 9.

The UNHCR in Libya said in a statement published on X:  

"Since July 2023, groups of individuals, including families and children have established makeshift camps outside UNHCR's offices in Serraj. Many of these individuals have embarked on long and arduous journeys from Sudan to Libya, leaving their homes and possessions behind. Some were already provided a registration appointment with UNHCR, while those who were already registered were seeking resettlement, evacuation, and assistance.

'Recognizing the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by refugees and asylum seekers, UNHCR swiftly engaged with these groups as per the standard procedures. In a bid to mitigate the risks associated with sleeping outdoors, we have taken measures to assess the different needs and provided support and assistance for families such as cash assistance to enable individuals to secure rental accommodations. However, despite these efforts, some individuals have chosen to continue camping in a public area near our office.

'The groups camping outside were instructed to leave by the Libyan security forces on several occasions in recent weeks, prompting these groups to relocate to a nearby public area on 9 October 2023. Regrettably, UNHCR was informed that the people were taken to detention centres on 6 November 2023 and is advocating with authorities for their immediate release. UNHCR continues to engage with the refugee community, informing them about their rights and associated risks while providing available assistance.

'The safety and security of refugees and others seeking international protection are of paramount importance to UNHCR. UNHCR encourages States to fulfil their role in ensuring the safety of individuals within their territories."


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