UN / LIBYA SHIPWRECKS

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In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres said he was “deeply saddened by the news that some 150 refugees and migrants lost their lives after the boats they were in capsized off the coast of Libya,” with children and pregnant women among the missing. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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26 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the news that some 150 refugees and migrants lost their lives after the boats they were in capsized off the coast of Libya on 25 July. Children and pregnant women are among the missing. He is also concerned by reports that many of the survivors rescued by the Libyan coast guard were placed in the Tajoura migrant detention centre, which is close to a military facility and was hit by an airstrike on 2 July that resulted in more than 50 deaths. The Secretary-General reiterates that Libya is not a safe country of asylum and that refugees must be treated with dignity and respect, and in accordance with international law.”
5. Wide shot, press room

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In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres said he was “deeply saddened by the news that some 150 refugees and migrants lost their lives after the boats they were in capsized off the coast of Libya,” with children and pregnant women among the missing.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (26 Jul), UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said Guterres was also “concerned by reports that many of the survivors rescued by the Libyan coast guard were placed in the Tajoura migrant detention centre, which is close to a military facility and was hit by an airstrike on 2 July that resulted in more than 50 deaths.”

Haqq added that the Secretary-General reiterated that Libya “is not a safe country of asylum and that refugees must be treated with dignity and respect, and in accordance with international law.”

The head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, said this was the worst Mediterranean tragedy this year. He added that restoring rescue at sea, ending refugee and migrant detention in Libya and increasing safe pathways out of Libya must happen before it is too late for many more desperate people.

UNHCR urged States to come forward with additional help, including further resettlement places and other safe pathways out of Libya for people who are vulnerable and at risk. It said more must be done to arrest and prosecute the ruthless traffickers and smugglers who profit from people’s desperation.
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