Germany: Libya coastguard rescued 10,000 migrants in 2018
September 12, 2018
Germany and the EU have pressured Libyan authorities to do more to prevent migrants from crossing the Mediterranean. The Left party in the Bundestag has warned that refugees returned to Libya face "inhumane conditions."
The Libyan coastguard rescued about 10,000 refugees stranded at sea in the first of the year, the German government said Wednesday.
The Foreign Ministry response to an inquiry by the parliamentary party of the opposition Left party was seen by newspapers belonging to the Funke Media Group.
The European Union has been pressing Libya to do more to prevent migrants reaching Europe.
But the migrants intercepted by the Libyan coastguard often end up at so-called "detention centers," in which the Foreign Ministry admitted "partially inhumane" conditions prevail.
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Human rights violations
Human rights groups have voiced concerns about the treatment meted out to refugees at the detention centers along the Libyan coast. People at these centers, many of which are unofficial, are subjected to torture, sexual violence and forced labor, they say.