United Nations criticizes 'inhuman' European Union policy on migrants in Libya

A group of 25 refugees was evacuated from Libya to Niger until their resettlement claims are processed

A group of 25 refugees was evacuated from Libya to Niger until their resettlement claims are processed

The EU's policy of helping the Libyan authorities intercept migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and return them to "horrific" prisons in Libya is "inhuman", the United Nations said Tuesday. "The suffering of migrants detained in Libya is an outrage to the conscience of humanity", AFP quoted the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein as saying.

Zeid, a Jordanian prince, said the monitors were shocked at the sight of "thousands of emaciated and traumatized men, women and children piled on top of each other, locked up in hangars with no access to the most basic necessities".

He described the situation as fast-deteriorating, and the Libyan detention system as "broken beyond repair".

Russian FM says Iran can legitimately stay in Syria
The statement came as officials from the US National Security Council flew into Israel for talks with security heads , primarily over the US-Russia agreement regarding Syria and Iran's growing threat to the region.

United Nations rights monitors this month visited four facilities in Tripoli operated by Libya's Department of Combatting Illegal Migration.

In August, Italy and the European Union put in place a deal where they train the Libyan coastguard to intercept boats and return migrants to Libya, which is a large transit hub.

Libya has become a major transit hub country for migrants looking to reach Europe from North Africa.

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