Amnesty International: EU failed to help Libya refugees

September 20, 2011 11:36

The EU failed to assist thousands of mainly African refugees "stranded near Libya's borders," Amnesty International said Monday in a new briefing paper, Europe, now it is your turn to act.

The global human rights organization strongly criticized EU governments for their failure to resettle the estimated 5000 refugees currently living in "grim conditions" on Libya’s Egyptian and Tunisian borders, and called on the international community to "share the responsibility".

“We have witnessed an abysmal response to the plight of displaced refugees on Europe’s doorstep,” said Nicolas Beger, Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office.

“This failure is particularly glaring given that some European countries, by participating in NATO operations in Libya, have been party to the very conflict that has been one of the main causes of the involuntary movement of people.”

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