More than 20,000 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers unlawfully held in detention centres are facing brutal treatment; beatings, torture and rape.

Anyone trying to escape to Europe by sea is being intercepted by the Libyan coastguard and brought back to detention - and the EU is funding this.

Call on European leaders to protect migrants and refugees from horrific human rights abuses.


Stop the detention and selling of refugees and migrants in Libya

Lives before borders

Brutal treatment of migrants in Libya

There is a global refugee crisis and wealthier nations, including the UK and others in Europe are refusing to share responsibility. In fact, by refusing to share responsibility they are causing further human suffering.

More than 20,000 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are being unlawfully held in detention centres in Libya. The conditions are inhumane - with little access to food, water or medical care. They face brutal treatment; beatings, torture and rape.

Those trying to escape to Europe by boat, are stopped by the Libyan coastguard and brought back to detention. They are being trained, equipped, and supported by the European Union.

To trap people in Libya is to be complicit in massive human rights violations.

Libya is extremely unsafe right now. There is no asylum system in the country for those in need of protection, and so refugees and migrants are routinely subjected to killings, kidnappings for ransom, enslavement and forced labour, rape and other abuses.

We need to act now

Libyan and European leaders are meeting in Abidjan for the African Union-European Union Summit. We need to act now to tell them to end Libya’s horrific abuses of refugees and migrants.

  • Release all migrants and refugees from detention centers and end the arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants in Libya.
  • Investigate all allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of refugees and migrants in Libya, and ensure that the suspected perpetrators are prosecuted in a transparent and fair trial to put an end to the vicious cycle of abuse.
  • Review how they cooperate on migration policies, to prioritise protecting the human rights of refugees and migrants, instead of trapping people in Libya.
  • Formally recognize the UNHCR and allow the organization to carry out its full mandate including the protection of asylum seekers and refugees.

This short-term approach to protecting Europe’s borders is having disastrous consequences for women, men and children seeking sanctuary. It has to stop. Offering protection and assistance to people fleeing conflict and persecution is our moral and legal duty.