High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, and Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, in a joint statement condemned the attack on a detention centre in Tripoli and violence against civilians, including refugees and migrants: “The European Union joins the call for the UN to carry out an immediate investigation into who perpetrated this horrific attack. Those responsible should be held to account. Throughout this conflict the EU, in close cooperation with the UN and in the framework of the African Union - European Union - United Nations Taskforce on Libya, has worked to protect Libyans, refugees and migrants. We have sought to evacuate refugees and migrants from the detention centres near the frontline. Where possible, we have enabled them to find safety outside of Libya – these efforts must continue and be stepped up urgently. […] Our position on Libya's system of detaining migrants is clear: this system has to end and migration needs to be managed in full compliance with international standards, including when it comes to human rights. When it comes to the political situation in Libya, the EU will continue to lend its fullest support to the UN and UNSG Special Representative Salamé to achieve a political settlement." The full statement is available here.
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- Publication date
- 3 July 2019
- Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations