Libya is a war zone. Why is the EU still sending refugees back there? | Sally Hayden

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Libya is treated as a ‘safe’ country, but in Tripoli refugees are starving and desperate – and the UN can’t get to them

“Some around the world are arguing that human rights are outdated, that national interest can justify the suppression of individual and collective rights,” declared Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, last week at the UN general assembly. “We are here today to state the opposite … Human rights are real.”

As she said this, I was getting desperate WhatsApp messages from some of the thousands of refugees locked up indefinitely in detention centres in Tripoli, after being forced back to Libya under EU policy.

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