Hanan Salah, a senior researcher in the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch, criticized the arbitrary detention of migrants in Libya.
On her Twitter account, Salah informed that “the interception and return of migrants to Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard, supported by the European Union, continues.”
She called on the EU to suspend its support for the Libyan Coast Guard until it ensures that migrants’ safety and rights are respected.
Saleh indicated that migrants and asylum seekers are at risk of exploitation and violence. Her tweet came in response to reports of more than 370 migrants being intercepted and returned to Tripoli. Six boats took off carrying men, women, and children, and attempted to cross the Mediterranean.