UNHCR official accused of ‘victim blaming’ the mothers of missing refugees in the Mediterranean

ACTIVISTS accused a United Nation’s refugee agency (UNHCR) official of “victim blaming” today after he took to social media to criticise the mothers of missing migrants and refugees. In Tunisia today, human rights activists and civil society organisations took part in a commemorative protest, or “CommemorAction,” with relatives of the thousands of people that haveContinue reading “UNHCR official accused of ‘victim blaming’ the mothers of missing refugees in the Mediterranean”

Refugees in Libya highlight injustice of EU opening up borders to white people but not them

REFUGEES stuck in Libya have hit out at European governments’ treatment of non-white refugees following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At least 368,000 people have reached the boarders of Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova from Ukraine, the United Nation’s refugee agency (UNHCR) said today. Government agencies across the continent expressed solidarity with Ukrainian refugees overContinue reading “Refugees in Libya highlight injustice of EU opening up borders to white people but not them”

‘They came for us in the middle of the night’

YAMBIO DAVID OLIVER tells The Civil Fleet how the Libyan cops violently raided his protest camp and sent hundreds to one of the country’s condemned migrant detention centres “WE ARE living in perpetual fear of what might happen next,” Yambio David Oliver, a 24-year-old South Sudanese refugee stuck in Libya, told The Civil Fleet today.Continue reading “‘They came for us in the middle of the night’”

A response from the UNHCR on the situation outside its community day care centre in Tripoli

FOLLOWING the publication of yesterday’s story on the situation outside the UNHCR’s community day care (CDC) centre in Tripoli, the agency sent The Civil Fleet the following response. It was too long to include in the original article, which you can read here, and therefore we post it here in its entirety. [THE UNHCR] remainsContinue reading “A response from the UNHCR on the situation outside its community day care centre in Tripoli”

Stranded refugees in Libya call for donations to aid their survival and continue protests

‘We are now exposed to kidnappings, militia attacks and extortion,’ protester says after UNHCR closes community day centre in Tripoli REFUGEES stranded in Libya’s capital city have launched a crowdfund to raise money for medicines, food and shelter, and to help them cover the costs of their continued protests against their treatment. A group ofContinue reading “Stranded refugees in Libya call for donations to aid their survival and continue protests”

‘The EU must be held accountable for the crimes it has committed against people trying to reach its borders’

Refugee turned activist YAMBIO DAVID OLIVER tells The Civil Fleet what led to the protests outside a UNHCR registration centre in Tripoli Europe must be held accountable for the human rights abuses committed against the people trying to reach safety across its borders, refugees trapped in Libya told The Civil Fleet today. A group ofContinue reading “‘The EU must be held accountable for the crimes it has committed against people trying to reach its borders’”

International community urged ‘to suspend all agreements with Libya’ as systematic abuse of refugees continues

UNHCR ‘deeply regrets’ closing community centre as refugees gather for fifth day demanding protection WORLD governments were urged today to suspend all agreements with the Libyan government until it complies with international human rights and humanitarian laws. The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), a global network of over 200 human rights NGOs, and the LibyanContinue reading “International community urged ‘to suspend all agreements with Libya’ as systematic abuse of refugees continues”

UK Border Force boats seen practising refugee pushbacks

Channel Rescue witnesses border guards use jet skis to turn an overcrowded boat around UK BORDER Force vessels in the English Channel were seen taking part in drills today that, according to a human rights monitoring organisation, resemble the illegal practice of refugee pushbacks. Channel Rescue activists spotted the training exercise from the beach atContinue reading “UK Border Force boats seen practising refugee pushbacks”

Keep sending migrants back to Afghanistan, six European countries tell EU Commission

As Taliban retake the country, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Germany speak of ‘urgent need to perform voluntary and non-voluntary returns to Afghanistan’ GOVERNMENT ministers from six European countries have called on the EU leadership to continue returning migrants to Afghanistan — even as the religious extremist Taliban group’s forces retake large swathesContinue reading “Keep sending migrants back to Afghanistan, six European countries tell EU Commission”

Three-day ordeal over for 86 refugees abandoned by Malta

The Nadir hands over the rescued to the Italian authorities after seeing off the Libyan Coastguard. Meanwhile, the Geo Barents is finally allowed to bring 410 refugees to dry land THE THREE-day ordeal for 86 refugees abandoned by the Maltese maritime authorities as they drifted across the Mediterranean came to an end today when theirContinue reading “Three-day ordeal over for 86 refugees abandoned by Malta”

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