The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) is investigating media reports accusing its security forces of human right violations against vulnerable migrants.
“We have reviewed the report broadcast by The BBC on 26 September accusing members of the Libyan Police and Coast Guard of committing violations and illegal actions,” GNA interior minister, Abdussalam Ashour, has said yesterday in a statement.
BBC's report featured migrants accusing GNA forces of beating them and leaving them without food for 22 days during the recent war in Tripoli.
In response, the minister said: “We would like to clarify that Libyan authorities are reviewing the film and investigating the accusations. We will also speak to the journalists and to anyone who has information about the alleged illegal actions.”
“We underscore that the Libyan stance remains very clear: there is no tolerance for crimes of slavery or to any exploitation of illegal migrants whom we consider to be victims of harsh conditions in their home countries. We affirm our complete rejection for any such violations by Libyan security agencies.”
“The GNA remains committed to the protection of human rights and whoever violates them will face justice. We reiterate the call for our international partners to fulfil their promises by increasing their support for our efforts to tackle illegal migration. Charity rescue ships are encouraging more migrants to risk their lives.”
The political and security vacuum resulting from the uprising of 2011 make controlling the country’s borders a distant goal.