Aid groups: Migrants shouldn't go back to Libya

2018-06-29 20:29
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Humanitarian groups say migrants rescued off the coast of Libya shouldn't be taken back to the North African country because they could face mistreatment there.

Johannes Bayer, a representative of the German group Sea-Watch, said on Thursday that "there needs to be a European solution" for the migrants picked up at sea.

Marie Naass of the group Lifeline told reporters in Berlin that its crews are regularly told by migrants that they've been tortured, raped or subjected to slavery in war-torn Libya.

The group's ship picked up 216 men, 14 women and 4 children off Libya last week despite instructions from Italy not to do so because the migrants were Libya's responsibility.

A European Union-funded programme, called 'Aurora,' aims for Libya to establish a fully functioning maritime rescue coordination centre by 2020.

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