Libya: Totally inadequate response by EU states to refugees stuck in limbo

Report
September 19, 2011

Libya: Totally inadequate response by EU states to refugees stuck in limbo

European countries have shamefully failed to help thousands of mainly African refugees stranded near Libya’s borders, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing paper.

In Europe, now it is your turn to act, the organization strongly criticizes EU governments for failing to offer resettlement to the estimated 5000 refugees – who would face persecution or conflict if returned to their own countries – currently living in grim conditions on Libya’s Egyptian and Tunisian borders.

“We have witnessed an abysmal response to the plight of displaced refugees on Europe’s doorstep,” said Nicolas Beger, Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office.