EU welcomes release of refugees from Libyan detention centre

BRUSSELS, The European Union Wednesday welcomed the release of the detainees remaining in the Tajoura detention centre in Tripoli, hit by a deadly attack on 2 July, as “a positive step by the Libyan authorities.” “All refugees and migrants have to be released from detention and provided with all the necessary assistance. In this context, we have supported the creation of the Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli and other safe places in order to improve the protection of those in need and to provide humane alternatives to the current detention system,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement tonight.

The EU called on all parties to accelerate humanitarian evacuation and resettlement from Libya to third countries. Libya’s current system of detaining migrants has to end and migration needs to be managed in full compliance with international standards, including when it comes to human rights, stressed the statement.

The EU stands ready to help the Libyan authorities to develop solutions to create safe and dignified alternatives to detention in full compliance with the international humanitarian standards and in respect of human rights, it said.

The EU is strongly committed to fighting traffickers and smugglers and to strengthening the capacity of the Libyan Coast Guard to save lives at sea, it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency