Category: Libya

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A weakened Khalifa Haftar formulation more instability for Libya

After a week of speculations, claims and counter-claims, it looks like General Khalifa Haftar may have survived a serious illness and is currently recovering in a French military hospital. Initial rumours that he was dead went viral on social media and spread alarm and confusion among his supporters. On Friday evening, a tweet by the…

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Ninety feared ineffective after shipwreck off Libya soar

Around 90 people have drowned after a shipwreck off Western Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). A spokesperson for the UN-affiliated body said 10 bodies had washed ashore near the town of Zuwara and that the death toll included at least eight Pakistani nationals and two Libyans. A fishing boat rescued one…

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Persevered abuse of African refugees in Libya feared

Stripped naked, a man writhes in pain on the floor as heated plastic is dripped on his back. Other men are beaten while their kidnappers discuss ransom money. These are the scenes depicted in graphic new videos that purportedly depict African refugees being abused in Libya. Al Jazeera could not independently verify the authenticity of the…

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The EU’s complicity in refugee abuse in Libya

“In prison, they would hit us often,” said Ousman who spent five months in a Tripoli detention centre in 2016. “They killed many boys. I saw many people dying in prison, either because they fell sick or were beaten.” Ousman is just one of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who have braved the…

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‘Slavery is an unfriendly actuality in Libya’

A group of UN human rights experts has strongly condemned Libya’s slave trade amid reports that hundreds of African refugees are being bought and sold in markets across the country every week. In a joint statement issued on Thursday, the group urged the Libyan government to take “urgent action” to end the practice. “We were…

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African refugees sold, sold and murdered in Libya

Hundreds of African refugees are being bought and sold in “slave markets” across Libya every week, a human trafficker has told Al Jazeera, with many of them held for ransom or forced into prostitution and sexual exploitation to pay their captors and smugglers. Many of them ended up being murdered by their smugglers in the…

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How the EU is accountable for slavery in Libya

Migrants and refugees being sold into slavery in Libya is not really new information. In April 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that along the North African migrant routes its staff discovered “slave markets” where hundreds of African young men are being tormented. But following CNN’s release of footage showing men being sold…