An injured African migrant being helped by another one during a sit-in to demand that the international community takes them out of Libya | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/STR
An injured African migrant being helped by another one during a sit-in to demand that the international community takes them out of Libya | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/STR

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said that it treated 68 people who had been injured during a mass arrest some days prior in Libya. This proves once again "how migrants are subject to random and arbitrary detention," MSF operations manager Ellen van der Velden said.

A team of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has treated 68 people who were injured during a mass arrest two days ago in Libya, when hundreds of migrants asking for protection were taken to a detention center in Ain Zara.

MSF said in a statement that seven of those wounded required medical treatment in hospital, while 190 people were offered psychological support.

Stab wounds, signs of beatings

"More than 600 migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, peacefully demonstrating for relocation, protection, and evacuation from Libya were arrested and moved to Ain Zara detention centre in the southern part of Tripoli, where hundreds of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are already detained in overcrowded cells and deprived living conditions," said Gabriele Ganci, Head of Mission for Doctors Without Borders(MSF) in Libya.

"During the weekly visit to Ain Zara to provide medical and mental health care to people detained, MSF teams have treated patients with stab wounds, beating marks, and signs of shock/trauma caused by the forced arrests. Among them there were people who had been beaten and separated from their children during the raids," he continued, according to a statement posted online by MSF.

'Migrants subjected to arbitrary detention'

Ellen van der Velden, MSF Operations Manager in Amsterdam, explained that: "Not only does this once again prove how migrants are subject to random and arbitrary detention -- something that applies to virtually all migrants currently in Libya -- but these people are additionally detained for speaking up for basic protection, safety and treatment in-line with humanitarian law."

"Once again, we call on the Libyan authorities to halt the mass arrests. We also urge the same authorities to find dignified alternatives to detention, as well as calling on the EU to stop their efforts supporting the perpetration of an unending system of detention, abuse and violence in Libya," she added.

 

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