GENEVA / LIBYA DETENTION CENTER

02-Aug-2019 00:01:41
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, today welcomed Libya’s announcement that it will be “shutting down” three of its detention centres for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / LIBYA DETENTION CENTRES
TRT: 01:41
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

DATELINE: 2 AUGUST 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations, flags.
2. Wide shot, Press Room 3, journalists, podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson, UNHCR:
“With regard to the closure of the three detention centers in Libya, we obviously welcome that initiative of shutting down those centers that include also Tajoura detention center, that was hit, if you recall, in early July by an airstrike.”
4. Cutaway, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson, UNHCR:
“What we are calling on now, is for an orderly release of all refugees in detention centers to urban settings. And we stand ready to provide these people with assistance through our urban programs, including financial assistance, medical and psychosocial support.”
6. Med shot, journalist taking notes
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson, UNHCR:
“It has been our long-standing advocacy to close the detention centers in Libya, holding refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.”
8. Close up, reporter
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson, UNHCR:
“Asylum seekers and refugees should not be kept in detention.”
10. Med shot, Rheal Leblanc, UNIS Spokesperson at the podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson, UNHCR:
“We absolutely oppose any idea of detaining children, whether they are refugees or asylum seekers or migrants.”
12. Wide shot, Press Room
STORYLINE
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, today welcomed Libya’s announcement that it will be “shutting down” three of its detention centres for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.

Spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva that UNHCR was now calling for the “orderly release of all refugees in detention centres to urban settings,” adding that the agency “stands ready to provide these people with assistance through our urban programs, including financial assistance, medical and psychosocial support.”

Among the centres that are slated to be closed is the one in Tajoura, in north-western Libya, that came under missile attack on the 2nd of July this year, leaving about 50 people dead and over 130 severely injured. The attack was strongly condemned both by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who stated that it could amount to a war crime, and by the UN Envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salamé.

The detention centres in Misrata and Khoms will also close, according to reports. UNHCR has been calling for the closure of all refugee detention centres in Libya.

“It has been our long-standing advocacy to close the detention centres in Libya, holding refugees, asylum seekers and migrants,” Mahecic told journalists at a press briefing.

“Asylum seekers and refugees should not be kept in detention,” he said. “We absolutely oppose any idea of detaining children, whether they are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants,” he added.

UNHCR did not yet have details regarding the relocation of the people who have been held in the three centres.

According to UNCHR there are 19 official detention centres under control of Libyan authorities, holding arbitrarily a total of some 5,000 refugees and migrants.
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