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Refugees trapped in Libya - What Can We Do?

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Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants are currently trapped in detention centres in Libya under horrific conditions. They are routinely abused, tortured, raped and sold off as slaves. With EU authorities cooperating with Libya to make refugees only route to Europe (boats over the Mediterranean sea) more dangerous, refugees are forced to wait for the rare UNCHR resettlements for a way out.

Recently, a migrant who had been trapped in Libya for 9 months lit himself on fire after being denied resettlement. The situation is dire to say the least.

What is going on in Libya is inhumane, unacceptable and heartbreaking. But it is not hopeless - there are ways we can help.

Join our panel discussion to learn more about the situation for refugees in Libya and what you can do to help.

Held in SALT (Alumni Lecture Theatre) in Senate House, SOAS University of London.

Panelists:

Matteo de Bellis: Researcher on migration and asylum at Amnesty International. His research focuses on the central Mediterranean route and the consequences of European cooperation with Libya on migration.

Sally Hayden: Freelance journalist reporting on migration, conflict and humanitarian crises across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She has been in daily contact with refugees in
Libyan detention centres since August.

Sara Creta: Visual journalist currently on a Marie Curie fellowship at the Institute for Future Media and Journalism in Dublin. Was recently in Libya for two months to document the situation in the detention centres in Libya.

Guila Tranchina: Immigration solicitor specialised on asylum and human rights. She has campaigned extensively on behalf of migrants and refugees in Libya and has represented several refugees who have managed to leave.

Sham: Philosophy graduate who moved to the UK escaping oppression in Eritrea. Most recently he has been active in advocating for the evacuation and relocation of refugees in Libya.

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