German FM: Libya’s Security Important for Security of Europe

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German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock said in press statements that the security of Libya is important for the security of Europe.

She affirmed her willingness to continue working within the course of the Berlin I and II Conferences, as a contribution to the country’s political solution.

Berlin had hosted talks between regional countries and the United Nations to resolve the Libyan crisis, and hold Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Notably, German Human Rights Commissioner, Luise Amtsberg said the actions of the Libyan Coast Guard have “shown time and again that Libya is not conforming to human rights standards.”

In a statement published by the German Federal Foreign Office, Amtsberg added that the Libyan Coast Guard “is not a reliable partner for the European Union as international law and human rights are being repeatedly violated at sea and on land.”

“It must be clear to all of us what happens when people are returned to Libya after being rescued. They are regularly exposed to torture, enslavement, and sexual violence in the detention centres there,” she noted.

Amtsberg pointed out that the German Government is campaigning for the abolition of this system of contempt for human life – a system that is directly connected with the activities in Libya.

“From a human rights perspective, cooperation with the Libyan Coast Guard is therefore untenable. This is one reason why the German Government has already modified its involvement in Operation IRINI, to remove support for the Libyan Coast Guard from the mandate. An important step in the right direction, and one that the European Union should take, too,” she said.

She called on the German Government to fulfil the promises made in its coalition agreement by campaigning for a state-coordinated, European maritime rescue programme. “Until this goal is reached, we must support civil-society maritime rescue efforts, and oppose the criminalisation of maritime rescue NGOs and of refugees,” she urged.