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Thursday, 22 November 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Situation of migrants in Libya

  Kristiina Ojuland, author. Mr President, Commissioner, I would like to congratulate the democratically elected government of Libya that was sworn in on 14 November this year. However, there is a long way to go until we see a fully-fledged democratic country that upholds human rights, civil liberties, the rule of law and gender equality. I wish Libya success and the best of luck.

One of the most imminent problems facing the new Libyan Government is the situation of migrants, which is the sad result of the open borders policy of the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi. I hope that the Libyan Government may rely on the assistance of the European Union in alleviating the situation, as well as on cooperation with international organisations and NGOs. The UNHCR would also be of great help if granted a legal status in Libya.

But it is most important for Libya to ratify the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and for the Government to take full control over the external borders of the country and responsibility for the situation at hand.

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