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Overview

The situation in Libya can be described as dangerous and chaotic. Since the fall of the Gaddafi Government in 2011, forces affiliated to three rival governments, as well as armed groups and militias, have committed serious violations of international law and abuses of human rights with impunity. All sides to the conflict have carried out indiscriminate attacks in heavily populated areas leading to deaths of civilians and unlawful killings. Armed groups have abducted, arbitrarily arrested and indefinitely detained thousands of people. Torture and other ill-treatment has been widespread in prisons under the control of armed groups, militias and state officials. Migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers are routinely exposed to human rights violations committed by Libyan officials and security forces and abuses at the hands of armed groups and criminal gangs, who are often working in close co-operation and to mutual financial advantage. In addition, European Union (EU) countries are conspiring to contain refugees and migrants in Libya and Italian policies have left people stranded at sea for days. Women continue to face discrimination, including arbitrary restrictions on their right to travel. Read More.

Libya Newsroom



June 24, 2020 • Press Release

Fact-finding mission to investigate crimes in Libya is a welcome step

We call on all parties to the conflict and their allies to fully cooperate with the fact-finding mission’s investigation team and help facilitate their work with a view to bringing all those responsible for these violations to justice.

April 21, 2020 • Press Release

Historic discrimination in Libya threatens right to health of minorities in the south amid COVID-19

The Libyan authorities and militias in control of southern cities and towns and international donors must ensure that those most marginalized are factored into their emergency public health response to …

July 3, 2019 • Press Release

Abhorrent attack on migrant detention center in Libya must be investigated as a war crime

The International Criminal Court must order an urgent investigation into an abhorrent attack on the Tajoura immigration detention center in eastern Tripoli, Libya, in which at least 40 refugees and …

July 2, 2019 • Press Release

UN arms embargo violations put Tripoli’s 1.2 million civilians in grave danger

The lives and security of Tripoli’s 1.2 million civilians hang in the balance as warring parties use a range of sophisticated weapons imported into Libya in contravention of a UN arms …

May 22, 2019 • Press Release

Catastrophic failure as civilians ravaged by war violations 70 years after Geneva Conventions

The UN Security Council must mark the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions this year by ending its catastrophic failure to protect millions of civilians around the world whose lives and livelihoods are routinely ravaged by violations of the laws of war, Amnesty International said today.

February 26, 2019 • Report

Human rights in the Middle East and North Africa: A review of 2018

The international community’s chilling complacency towards wide-scale human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has emboldened governments to commit appalling violations during 2018 by giving them …

November 16, 2018 • Press Release

Libya: Refugees and migrants refuse to disembark ship in desperate plea to avoid detention and torture

Libyan, European and Panamanian authorities must ensure that at least 79 refugees and migrants who are on board a merchant vessel at the port of Misratah are not forced to …

November 12, 2018 • Press Release

Cruel European migration policies leave refugees trapped in Libya with no way out

A year after shocking images purporting to show human beings being bought and sold in Libya caused a global outcry, the situation for migrants and refugees in the country remains bleak and in some …

August 7, 2018 • Press Release

Surging death toll in Central Mediterranean laid squarely at Europe’s door

The number of people drowning in the Central Mediterranean or being taken back to squalid detention centres in Libya has surged as a result of European policies aimed at closing …

June 11, 2018 • Press Release

Libya: Protect Civilians under siege in Derna

Amid reports of an escalating humanitarian crisis in the besieged Libyan city of Derna, Amnesty International is calling on the leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Khalifa Haftar, …

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