PRO ASYL: End com­pli­ci­ty with Gad­da­fi

On occa­si­on of the World Refu­gee Day PRO ASYL again calls on the Euro­pean Uni­on and its mem­ber sta­tes to end co-ope­ra­ti­on with Libya in the field of migra­ti­on con­trol. „If Euro­pe has the sligh­test inte­rest in regai­ning decen­cy and credi­bi­li­ty con­cer­ning human rights issu­es, it has to end com­pli­ci­ty with Gad­da­fi, which repres­ents the bloo­diest chap­ter of the cur­rent refu­gee poli­cy so far“, said Karl Kopp, PRO ASYL Direc­tor for Euro­pean Affairs. Euro­pe takes the share of respon­si­bi­li­ty for serious human rights vio­la­ti­ons.

PRO ASYL wel­co­mes the unam­bi­guous con­dem­na­ti­on of Libya by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, refer­ring to the sys­te­ma­tic human rights vio­la­ti­ons against refu­gees. The mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment call on the EU mem­ber sta­tes and on the Euro­pean bor­der agen­cy FRONTEX to stop depor­ta­ti­on and push backs to Libya. The reso­lu­ti­on sta­tes that „cases of mistre­at­ment, tor­tu­re and kil­ling have been repor­ted in detenti­on cen­tres for refu­gees, as well as the aban­don­ment of refu­gees on the deser­ted bor­ders bet­ween Libya and other Afri­can coun­tries“. The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment reminds the mem­ber sta­tes and the Com­mis­si­on of the fact that in Gaddafi’s dic­ta­to­ri­al regime „refu­gees con­stant­ly risk being depor­ted to their sta­tes of ori­gin and tran­sit without the Gene­va Con­ven­ti­on cri­te­ria being respec­ted, put­ting them at risk of per­se­cu­ti­on and death“.

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