UNHCR Libya External Update - July 2012
Refugees and asylum seekers
In July, UNHCR registered 192 individuals including 174 Syrians, 6 Iraqis, 4 Sudanese, 3 Eritreans and 5 Somalis. Moreover, 167 individuals (50 cases) had their documents renewed. UNHCR also visited detention centers and other sites where asylum seekers and refugees mainly from Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea are detained. In Ganfouda Detention Centre, for example, UNHCR was informed that there is a need for additional food that will be distributed in coordination with WFP. In the LRC camp in Benghazi, UNHCR continued to assist refugees who are in hospital and organized a verification of all refugees residing in the camp. Furthermore, UNHCR conducts counseling at the Libyan Red Crescent Compound several times a week. During the same period, UNHCR and MSF conducted a visit to Tawysha detention center to monitor the situation of the detainees including the 368 individuals from Somalia. The detention centre in Sabratah was also visited twice. Here around 208 persons are detained including 22 Eritreans, 10 Somali and 5 Ethiopians. During the second visit to Sabratah, 584 relief items were delivered to all the detainees. Finally, in July, UNHCR responded to reports of mistreatment to Eritreans and Somalis in Misrata (military camp) and Sabratah detention centers. UNHCR is liaising with relevant partners including UNSMIL to address the concerns. Under the auspices of the Protection Working Group, UNHCR has convened a specific coordination group bringing together partners involved in migrant detention centers to better ensure needs are met and harmonise advocacy.