Human Rights Watch urges Italy to suspend immigration deal with Libya

Human Rights Watch warned on Wednesday that Italy’s renewed support for the Libyan coast guard is putting migrants in danger who are returned to what it described as “squalid detention centers” in Libya.

Human rights Watch urged Italy to suspend all funding and training for the coast guard until “Libya commits to shutting down militant-run detention centers in the country.” According to the report.

The report claimed that about 5,000 migrants are languishing in dozens of “filthy Libyan centers, where rape, torture and other abuses run rampant.”

“Italy can’t paper over its complicity in the suffering of migrants and refugees who fall into the hands of the Libyan Coast Guard,” said Judith Sunderland, associate director of the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch.


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