While Libyan coast guard has detained thousands of migrants who were set off to Europe in the country, with the support of the European Union’s (EU), UN High Commissioner for Human Right has said they are being kept in “horrific” conditions.
Early this month UN monitors had visited migrants held in State detention centres in Libya.
“Monitors were shocked by what they witnessed: thousands of emaciated and traumatized men, women and children piled on top of one another, locked up in hangars with no access to the most basic necessities, and stripped of their human dignity,” an OHCHR spokesperson said.
The migrants are from States across Africa and Asia, and are fleeing conflicts, persecution and extreme poverty. There are 20,000 migrants who are in custody now.
The spokesperson said that the detainees are getting inadequate food, medicines and toilets facilities. Many are also being subjected to rape and other sexual violence.
The EU supports the Libyan coast guard to intercept migrant boats in the Mediterranean and take them to custody.