UNHCR is calling on European governments to allow the disembarkation of 507 people recently rescued on the Mediterranean who remain stranded at sea.
The recent boat disaster off Libya on the Mediterranean underscores once again the terrible urgency for restoring sea rescues.
Joint Statement: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and IOM Director General António Vitorino welcome consensus on need for action on Libya, Mediterranean
Discussions in Paris with European States on addressing the situation on the Mediterranean Sea, and preventing loss of life in Libya, are welcome and much-needed.
UNHCR and IOM in a joint statement appealed to the European Union and African Union to prevent tragedies in Libya, like the airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre, from happening again.
The toll in injuries and lives from the attacks at the Tajoura Detention Centre speaks to UNHCR and IOM’s deep concerns over the safety of people in detention centres.
UNHCR is calling for refugees and migrants in detention centres in conflict areas in Tripoli to be immediately evacuated to safety.
UNHCR is providing life-saving aid to thousands of Libyans who have been forced to flee due to conflict in Tripoli
In light of insecurity in Libya’s capital, UNHCR relocated more than 150 refugees from the Ain Zara detention centre to UNHCR’s Gathering and Departure Facility.
Eritrean refugees Kedija, 15, and Yonas, 12, survived kidnapping, detention, and a failed sea crossing before finally rejoining their mother in Switzerland.