UN humanitarian coordinator in Libya calls for protection of internally displaced persons
02 June 2017 - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Maria Ribeiro, calls for increased protection and support to humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) across Libya.
The humanitarian community is following with concern recent developments in the Tawargha IDP camp in Janzour, Tripoli and the possible return of IDPs from Zintan to Tripoli.
The Humanitarian Coordinator is alarmed by the allegations of abuse of IDPs and of humanitarian aid and calls for the protection of and freedom of movement of all IDPs.
The authorities have the primary responsibility to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to IDPs within their jurisdiction. Likewise, they are responsible to prevent and avoid conditions that may lead to displacement and for creating the conditions for IDPs to return or resettle safely and voluntarily.
IDPs are often more vulnerable than other people because they may have lost their homes, livelihoods, documentation and often face difficulties in accessing basic services. However, they should enjoy the same rights and freedoms as all other citizens and residents without discrimination.
Supporting IDPs and the host communities is one of the main priorities of the Humanitarian Community in Libya. Twenty-two UN agencies and national and international NGOs provide assistance to IDPs and host communities across Libya. This assistance includes health, water and sanitation, shelter, food and non-food items, psychosocial, legal and protection assistance, including specialized services for those with special needs.