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Thursday, 22 November 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Situation of migrants in Libya

  Monica Luisa Macovei (PPE). – Mr President, while we welcome the return to political stability after July’s election in Libya, there are worrying reports about detention centres in Tripoli where migrants are allegedly mistreated. Democracy and the rule of law in this country cannot be separated from a functioning judicial system and equal treatment of all its citizens. The European Union must continue to assist Libya’s new democracy by offering financial assistance through its various Neighbourhood Policy instruments. However, we must always underline that our help does depend on the fulfilment of commitments, such as those relating to the principles of the rule of law and democracy.

I trust we can develop a good political partnership with Libya’s new government. I endorse Parliament’s call on Vice-President/High Representative Catherine Ashton to develop, together with the Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister, a comprehensive approach to mobility which will make use of the EU toolkit of human rights-based strategies and approaches.

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