Published: June 08, 2019
Libya: Migrants suffering from tuberculosis left 'to die' in detention centres
United Nations, Jun 8 (UNI) Migrants and refugees suffering from tuberculosis are being left “effectively to die” in a Libyan detention centre south of Tripoli, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said, citing reports that those returned to shore by the coastguard have been disappeared or sold to traffickers.
Amid ongoing conflict in and around the capital, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville expressed deep concern about the “ghastly conditions” in which migrants and refugees are being detained in the capital Tripoli and elsewhere.
He explained that at the Zintan facility south of Tripoli, 22 people had died of tuberculosis - which is preventable - and other illnesses since last September.