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Trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict. Human traffickers profit from peoples’ hopes and despair. They prey on the vulnerable and rob them of their fundamental rights.
Children and young people, migrants and refugees are especially susceptible.
Women and girls are targeted again and again. We see brutal sexual exploitation, including involuntary prostitution, forced marriage and sexual slavery. We see the appalling trade in human organs.
The United Nations in Libya, dismayed and sickened by the recent video footage of African migrants being sold as “goods” in the country, is actively pursuing the matter with the Libyan authorities to set up transparent monitoring mechanism that safeguard migrants against horrific human rights abuses.
Tripoli, Libya - On Saturday 11 November 2017, 25 refugees departed from Mitiga airport in Tripoli, Libya bound for Niamey, Niger.
The group is heading to Niger as part of a humanitarian evacuation initiative between UNHCR, the Libyan government and the government of Niger. The Government of Niger has generously agreed to host the group until their resettlement claims are processed. Among these 25 refugees, there were 15 women, six men and four children.
Tunis, 17th May 2017 - UNFPA, United Nation Fund for Population, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and IFRC, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, have jointly organized a training on “Gender Based Violence Multi-Sectoral Coordination in Libya” during the period 14th to 18th of May 2017.
29 March 2017 - On Wednesday 29 March, the UNHCR Mission to Libya in Tunis launched a report titled “Mixed Migration Trends in Libya: Changing Dynamics”. In addition to this report, there was also a presentation on “The Human Conveyor Belt: the industrialisation of human smuggling and trafficking in post-revolution Libya”, by guest speaker, Senior Research Fellow at the Global Initiative, Mr Mark Micallef. The high-level event was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, United Nations Agencies, NGOs and the media, among others.
UN report urges end to inhuman detention of migrants in Libya
GENEVA / TUNIS (13 December 2016) - The breakdown in the Libyan justice system has led to a state of impunity in which migrants are subjected to serious human rights violations and abuses, according to a joint UN human rights report published today.
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Libya organized 2 three-day trainings on international refugee law this month. The first training targeted 25 journalists and reporters from Libyan local media from Tripoli, Benghazi, Sabha, Ajdabya, Zentain, Al-Bayda, and Wadi Al Shatee. The second targeted 25 people from different governmental/executive sector and justice sector, from Tripoli, Benghazi, all involved in refugee protection.
20 June 2016 - New and recurring conflicts, and ever-more disturbing forms of violence and persecution, are driving people to flee in search of safety within their own countries, or to cross international borders as asylum seekers or refugees. Forced displacement at the global level has reached unprecedented levels, with more than 65 million people uprooted from their homes globally. Since the beginning of the year, thousands of migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean in unseaworthy dinghies and flimsy boats.
Tunis, 21 April 2016 – Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, has urged action following reports from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that up to 500 people lost their lives this week when an overcrowded boat carrying hundreds of people capsized en route from Libya to Europe.
UNSMIL’s Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari expresses his deep regret over the loss of life of four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in the Al-Nasr detention centre in al-Zawiya, and calls for independent, impartial and full investigations into their deaths. The DSRSG also wishes a speedy recovery to the injured guard and wounded migrants.