UNHCR Libya External Update - September 2012

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 08 Oct 2012

In September, UNHCR Libya renewed the documents of 170 refugees and asylum seekers. With the closure of Al Wafa’s Office in Gargarish, renewal activities are now taking place in UNHCR’s office. In terms of voluntary repatriation, 12 family and 2 individuals requested assistance to return to Iraq. In September, UNHCR conducted a number of monitoring visits to assess protection needs of persons of concern in detention centres in Libya (see box on the right). Furthermore the office in Tripoli set up an information telephone hot-line for refugees and asylum seekers. In East Libya, UNHCR continued to receive numerous requests through the hot-line. Most calls regarded information on legal documentation from UNHCR, renewal of attestations, resettlement and assistance with studies. Some also reported fear of arbitrary arrest. In East Libya, requests related to medical or financial assistance are now referred to UNHCR’s implementing partner, CESVI.