27.10.2010

During her two-day visit to Tri­po­lis, EU Com­mis­sio­ner Ceci­lia Malm­ström agreed to coope­ra­ti­on on migra­ti­on bet­ween the EU and Libya. In its decla­ra­ti­ons, the Com­mis­si­on seeks to con­ce­al all cen­tral aspects of this fatal alli­an­ce against the pro­tec­tion of refu­gees.

“Given the seve­re vio­la­ti­ons of human rights in Libya, it is sim­ply cyni­cal that the Com­mis­si­on lists the sec­tion “inter­na­tio­nal pro­tec­tion” in its Memo on the coope­ra­ti­on with Libya from 5 Octo­ber in the first place. Right now refu­gees are fair game the­re.” says Karl Kopp, direc­tor of Euro­pean Affairs with PRO ASYL. The EU now wants to help “Liby­an aut­ho­ri­ties” with scree­ning tho­se who are in need of inter­na­tio­nal pro­tec­tion.

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment has con­dem­ned human rights vio­la­ti­ons in Libya with remar­kab­le unam­bi­guous­ness in its Deci­si­on from 17 June 2010. Here it says that Liby­an “detenti­on cen­ters” are sites of “mistre­at­ment, tor­tu­re and kil­ling” and that refu­gees are aban­do­ned “on the deser­ted bor­ders bet­ween Libya and other Afri­can coun­tries”. The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment reminds that in Libya, “refu­gees con­stant­ly risk being depor­ted to their sta­tes of ori­gin and tran­sit without the Gene­va Refu­gee Con­ven­ti­on cri­te­ria being respec­ted, put­ting them at risk of per­se­cu­ti­on and death”.
Libya has not signed the Gene­va Con­ven­ti­on on Refu­gees and Dic­ta­tor Gad­da­fi has repeated­ly sta­ted that he does not intend to do so. Even human rights accords that have been signed by Libya, such as the Refu­gee Con­ven­ti­on of the Afri­can Uni­on from 10. Sep­tem­ber 1969, are being bre­ached on a dai­ly basis. “Stan­dards are not imple­men­ted yet” as it would be cal­led in the par­lan­ce of the Com­mis­si­on.
The simp­le truth is: “you can­not arran­ge for a pro­tec­tion of refu­gees with the Liby­an regime and none of the poli­ti­cal deci­si­on makers in Euro­pe would belie­ve such a thing“says Kopp. EU Com­mis­sio­ner Malm­ström does men­ti­on in every state­ment con­cer­ning this “dif­fi­cult part­nership” that the Com­mis­si­on wants to put the basic rights of refu­gees in Libya into the cen­ter of all its efforts. Howe­ver, the years of cozy­ing up with Libya aim at one sole pur­po­se: to deter pro­tec­tion see­kers from fle­e­ing to Euro­pe.

PRO ASYL appeals to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment to fol­low up on its clear con­dem­na­ti­on of Libya and to take poli­ti­cal action: the Com­mis­si­on has to be stop­ped. Any coope­ra­ti­on with the Liby­an regime on asyl­um and migra­ti­on has to be cea­sed imme­dia­te­ly. The­re may not be a part­nership with a regime that com­mits seve­re vio­la­ti­ons of human rights. The EU will other­wi­se dis­rupt its remai­ning credi­bi­li­ty con­cer­ning human rights and the pro­tec­tion of refu­gees.

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