Council of Europe human rights commissioner: Italy should suspend cooperation with the Libyan Coast Guard

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No-one intercepted at sea should be returned to Libya, says the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner.

"In a letter addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Luigi Di Maio, published today, the Commissioner urges the Italian government to introduce human rights safeguards in the Memorandum of Understanding between Italy and Libya.

While noting that discussions to improve human rights compliance in the future are ongoing, the Commissioner calls on Italy to acknowledge the realities currently prevailing on the ground in Libya and to suspend co-operation activities with the Libyan Coast Guard that result in the return of persons intercepted at sea to Libya."

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See: Letter (pdf) and: Italian government response (pdf)

 

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