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Libya detains alleged human trafficker sanctioned by UN

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Oct 15, 2020 Libya’s internationally acknowledged authorities says it has detained a former coast guard commander sanctioned by the United Nations for human trafficking and accused of sinking migrant boats.  Libyan safety forces Wednesday arrested Abd al-Rahman al-Milad for involvement in human trafficking and gas smuggling, the Government of National Accord’s Interior Ministry mentioned in an announcement.  In June 2018, the UN Security Council imposed a travel ban and froze the belongings of Milad and 5 others accused of main human trafficking networks within the North African nation. Milad was then dismissed from his put up at a coast guard unit within the metropolis of Zawiya, west of Tripoli. The UN Panel of Experts on Libya decided that Milad was “directly involved in the sinking of migrant boats using firearms.” Migrants described being picked up at sea by a ship utilized by Milad. They had been then transferred to a Libyan detention middle the place they had been held in brutal circumstances and topic to beatings.  In a 2018 telephone name with Reuters, Milad denied any wrongdoing or involvement in smuggling.  Since the toppling of longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, Libya has grow to be a fundamental transit nation for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. The Mediterranean Sea route is a deadly journey, however 1000’s of migrants threat it yearly for the prospect of a greater life in Europe.  The United Nations, human rights organizations and journalists have warned that migrants forcibly transferred again to Libya routinely fall prey to traffickers or are abused inside government-affiliated detention facilities. Last month, Amnesty International accused the Libyan authorities of failing to stop “long-standing patterns of abuse against refugees and migrants, including by state officials and affiliated militias.”  Doctors Without Borders mentioned on Saturday that an armed group in western Libya had detained at the very least 60 migrants, together with two dozen youngsters, and was holding them in “appalling conditions.”

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