Plans for migrants detained in Libya transfer to Rwanda

epa05317964 Migrants sit in front of a painted wall during a visit of United Nations' special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler (not pictured) at the Abu Salim detention centre in Tripoli, Libya on 19 May 2016. EPA/STR

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Migrants trapped in Libyan detention centres where many have been subjected to abuse would be evacuated to Rwanda under an emergency plan being discussed with international humanitarian agencies and the EU.

The proposal is part of an increasingly urgent effort to relocate thousands of migrants from Libya after a July air strike by forces opposed to the internationally recognised government in Tripoli killed dozens of people in a detention centre in the capital. The Rwandan initiative stems from president Paul Kagame’s offer in late 2017 to accept up to 30,000 African migrants from Libya over several years, although it will initially involve a much smaller number of people.

The EU is facing growing criticism over the plight of migrants as conflict worsens in Libya. The EU-trained Libyan coastguard has been instrumental in stopping people making the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, but rescued migrants are then sent to detention centres. Human rights groups have documented multiple cases of rape, torture and other crimes at the facilities, some of which are run by militias.

Via Financial Times 

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