IOM condemns killing of six migrants at Tripoli detention center



IOM condemns killing of six migrants at Tripoli detention center

Excessive use of force and violence often resulting in death is a common occurrence in Libyan detention centers

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 9, 2021 / APO Group / –

Six migrants were killed and at least 24 others injured at Mabani detention center in Tripoli when armed guards began shooting following a riot and an escape attempt, the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM condemns Friday’s senseless murder and the use of live ammunition against migrants protesting appalling conditions of detention. Before the shootings, more than 3,400 migrants, including 356 women and 144 children, were held in the overcrowded center of Mabani. Many were arrested during last week’s raids in the Gergaresh neighborhood and have been arbitrarily detained.

“Excessive use of force and violence often resulting in death is a common occurrence in Libyan detention centers,” said Federico Soda, IOM Chief of Mission in Libya.

“Some of our employees who witnessed this incident describe migrants injured in a pool of blood lying on the ground. We are devastated by this tragic loss of life.

A doctor and nurse recruited by IOM were at the detention center for regular medical examinations and assistance when the riot broke out and several migrants attempted to escape.

IOM teams took four of the injured migrants to a private clinic and 11 others to the local hospital. They are still in Mabani providing emergency medical assistance.

More than 1,000 migrants in this detention center had requested IOM Voluntary Humanitarian Return Assistance and had been waiting for months for a unilateral and unjustified decision from the Directorate for the Fight against Illegal Migration (DCIM) to suspend flights. aid workers from the country.

IOM calls on the Libyan authorities to stop using excessive force, end arbitrary detentions and immediately resume flights to allow migrants to leave.

There are nearly 10,000 men, women and children trapped in harsh conditions in official detention centers that have limited and often restricted access for aid workers.

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