UN migration body condemns killing of two migrants in Libya


Libyan authorities shot dead two Sudanese migrants and injured three others at the Khums disembarkation point on Monday. The migrants were trying to flee Libya by boat but were seized by the coastguard and were returned back to the country, the UN migration agency said.

Staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Khums, reported that local authorities started shooting when the migrants attempted to escape from the disembarkation point.

“The suffering of migrants in Libya is intolerable,” says IOM Libya Chief of Mission Federico Soda.

“The use of excessive violence results yet again in the senseless loss of life, amid a lack of action to change a system that often fails to provide any degree of protection.”

The injured migrants were transferred to local hospitals while survivors were moved to detention.

IOM maintains that Libya is not a safe port and reiterates its appeal to the European Union and international community for urgent action to end the return of vulnerable people to Libya.

An alternative scheme whereby people rescued or intercepted at sea are brought to safe ports must be established urgently, the UN migration office said.

A greater show of solidarity between European States and frontline Mediterranean states is also needed, it added. (Source: IOM)