UN accused of starving refugees in Libya
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The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, faces accusations it is deliberately denying food to some refugees and migrants in order to force them out of a housing facility.The Gathering and Departure Facility in Tripoli was intended to temporarily accommodate migrants selected for evacuation from Libya. But other refugees, fearing street violence, have gathered there, and the facility is now at twice its capacity. Meanwhile, evacuations from Libya continue 117 refugees and migrants were flown out to Rwanda in late November. UNHCR denies the charges.
In a leaked report, the European Union admitted it cannot effectively monitor the Libyan coast guard — which has been involved in repeated human rights abuses. Moreover, the EU report claimed that the detention of migrants is “a profitable business model” for the Libyan government. In October, the EU and Italy renewed a deal to support the coast guard, but the French defense ministry — under pressure from NGOs and facing a legal challenge — cancelled its plan to donate six boats to the Libyan coast guard for its operations.