Bangladesh Asks Interpol to Arrest Human Traffickers in Libya

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Bangladesh’s police force has stated its will to issue a red notice through Interpol, to extradite human traffickers involved in the killing of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Libya. “The red notice will be issued through Interpol next week to arrest 8-10 accused, who are now abroad,” the police said.

On 28 May, human traffickers killed 30 migrant workers, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals in Libya. The killings took place at a smuggling warehouse in the desert town of Mizda, southwest of Tripoli. Twelve more Bangladeshis were also injured in the attack.

The Bangladeshi Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has already repatriated nine injured victims from the Mizda incident, to Bangladesh. This is according to the head of DIG (Organised Crime) of the CID, Abdullah Hel Baki, while briefing reporters at the CID headquarters on Sunday. A total of 26 cases were filed with different police stations across the country, in connection with human trafficking to Libya. The Bengali CID is investigating 15 cases, with an estimated 44 arrests in connection to the network.

On Saturday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for urgent action to address the “dire situation” of migrants coming from Libya to Europe. It denounced the violence against migrants, who seek “safety in Europe”. The international organisation also demanded that states “tackle the shocking conditions they face in Libya, at sea, and upon their reception in Europe.”