Libya: suffocation death of eight migrants

Libya: suffocation deaths of eight migrants

Kustenstadt Zuwara. Image: Mohamed Gmail11 / CC BY-SA 3.0

UN Special Envoy: The Current Political State in the Country is Unsustainable

The asphyxiation deaths of eight migrants, six children and two adults, in a locked freezer container near the Libyan coastal town of Zuwara is the latest shock news in a whole series of migration-related news and images that has become a kind of hysterical stress test of humanitarianism and politics in the public eye (see: Why not discuss sea rescue?).

According to Reuters, 90 people were rescued from the container, all in critical condition. Apparently they were put in a freezer container by smugglers to transport fish and meat to Zuwara undetected. Zuwara is a well-known departure point for boats heading for Europe with the prospect that they will either be picked up by the Libyan coast guard or further away by EUNAVFOR MED ships, merchant ships or other ships operating there, which are sent to help by the sea rescue control center in Rome, or that they will perish in the sea. The boats are not seaworthy.

There are no NGO ships off the Libyan coast at the moment, which is why you can now read here and there voices of the emotionally highly agitated, who are not long against the "NGO cabs", that have been booted out, but against any rescue operation that brings migrants to the EU.

"They should be brought back to Libya", is the clear tenor of the majority of the opinions expressed in the forums. What is striking is that the demand that must accompany this – namely, the securing of a completely different, d.h. humanity, treatment, and care of migrants in Libya than has been the case to date – in most cases omitted. Possibly because this is seen as a matter of course (to put it mildly, Note. d.A.). The improvement of the situation in the Libyan reception camps, which are referred to as detention camps due to the harsh conditions prevailing there, is urgently needed.

Currently, a lot of money is flowing from Italy to Libya to support communities involved in or struggling with human smuggling and trafficking. The plan presented by the Italian ambassador Perrone is ambitious. The question is, which militias benefit and what do they make of it?.

The political stability in Libya that Italy’s ambassador speaks of will take time to achieve, according to U.N. Special Envoy Ghassan Salame, although the current state of affairs is untenable, he told the U.N. Security Council on Monday.

Salame has called for elections to be held in Libya as soon as possible, despite the difficulties, and for prere to be exerted by the Security Council on the internationally recognized House of Representatives in Tobruk. At a meeting in Paris attended by counterparts Sarradsch and Haftar, French President Macron pushed for an election date later this year.

Meanwhile, a Wall Street Journal report on the dispute over control of Libyan oil exports makes clear the extent to which international interests are at play in Libya. According to the newspaper, the United Arab Emirates has supported Field Marshal Haftar in his maneuver to take control of the National Oil Company (NOC) in Tripoli "Branch" in the East (NOC East), with which the UAE has the best possible relationship. As we all know, oil is a good way to make money again.

Haftar, however, had to back down in the matter due to prere from other countries.

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