Sub-Saharan African Refugees and Migrants Arbitrarily Detained in Libya

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The United States of America today expressed deep concern about reports of arbitrary detention and abuse of sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees in Libya.

U.S. Department Spokeperson Victoria Nuland said some Libyans are also being victimized based on the color of their skin.

“Nobody should be detained or harassed due to the color of their skin or their nationality, and measures must be taken to protect individuals from acts of violence.” -Ms. Nuland

She stressed that the United States has welcomed the Transitional National Council’s (TNC) assurances of their commitment to safeguard the well-being of individuals throughout Libya and the TNC leadership’s cooperation with those international agencies engaged in identifying and assisting those at risk and/or detained, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Organization for Migration.

Ms. Nuland highlighted that the U.S. government looks forward to prompt implementation of these measures.

“The United States is working with its international partners to facilitate safe passage out of Libya for those foreign nationals, including sub-Saharan African migrants, who wish to depart for their own safety.” -Ms. Nuland

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