A recent case involving a group of Eritrean nationals who arrived in Sudan from Libya aboard a hijacked plane “reveals the seriousness of the situation, and the vulnerability of refugees and asylum seekers in Libya,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. The group told UNHCR they had been detained without charges for a long time in the Libyan town of Kufra, had endured repeated physical abuse, and that despite their request to see agency officials they had not been given access to any asylum procedure. They said they were never informed of the decision to deport them to Eritrea, were forced to board a special charter flight, and only found out after their plane took off that the destination was their country of origin. Sixty of the 75 passengers have since been granted refugee status in Sudan. Although Libya is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and has not signed a cooperation agreement for a formal UNHCR presence in the country, the agency reminded the Government of its obligations under the 1969 Organization of African Unity (OAU) Convention on refugees which it has signed and ratified. UNHCR also requests unhindered access to groups in detention in order to be able to identify persons in need of international protection, Mr. Redmond said.
UN voices concern over Libyas treatment of potential refugees
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