African migrants rescued by the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast arrive at a naval base in Tripoli, 26 May 2017 | Photo: EPA
African migrants rescued by the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast arrive at a naval base in Tripoli, 26 May 2017 | Photo: EPA

Members of Libyan government ministries and other officials are this week taking part in an online course in migrant and refugee protection. It is hoped that the course will enable the sharing of best practices and experience, the organizers say.

A course on migrant and refugee protection for Libyan authorities organized by the Sovereign Order of Malta in collaboration with the British think tank Forward Thinking began Monday. The course is being delivered online due to COVID-related travel restrictions. Course participants include representatives of the Libyan government from the defense, interior, justice, labor, and training ministries as well as other key national institutions.

"The course stems from the ongoing social and political instability the country has been experiencing with the many challenges posed by the migration and refugee crisis," the Order of Malta said in a statement.

'Libya facing global challenge'

"Libya is facing a global challenge, with regional implications, driven by factors beyond its borders," the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, Albrecht Boeaselager, said in his opening speech.

"In the many meetings held starting from 2015 with a group of Libyan policy makers, representative of government and institutions as well as international stakeholders, what emerged is that the only way forward is to engage the many actors involved in the region in a capacity-building process to enable the country to address the multiple urgent matters," he added.

Five-day course

The course is being held over five days with sessions facilitated by the international Institute of Humanitarian Law based in Sanremo. "[T]he course aims at promoting an interactive dialogue allowing participants to share best practices and experiences.

"Five different sessions are offered, including the legal framework of international protection and international protection at sea with the Order of Malta's Italian Relief Corps bringing its experience in rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea," the statement said.

"The Order of Malta, together with Forward Thinking, has been involved for several years in promoting dialogue on the main challenges Libya is facing, ten years after its uprising in 2011," it added.

 

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