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Security and Justice Libya

Online event – A crisis in a crisis: the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Libya

On Thursday 3 December, Cordaid and KUNO will organise an event about the crisis in Libya as part of the Covid Café series. In this new debate series, experts will discuss challenges and opportunities about specific countries and humanitarian situations in an informal setting.

By August 2020 the UNHCR reported almost 400,000 internally displaced people and almost 500,000 returnees. These numbers illustrate that Libya is dealing with a large humanitarian crisis.

In addition, more than 45,000 refugees and asylum-seekers were registered in Libya this year, travelling dangerous routes hoping to eventually reach Europe.

Almost 1,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean this year and many more have been intercepted and brought back by the EU-funded Libyan coast guard. Now, they are being held captive in Libyan detention camps under horrific conditions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, this humanitarian crisis has further deteriorated. Will Europe and the Netherlands take their responsibility in this crisis and come up with urgent and humane solutions? How can European leaders take ownership and leadership to solve this crisis?

Speakers

– Asma Khalifa, Co-founder of Tamazight Women Movement and activist and researcher on human rights, women’s rights and youth empowerment.
– Marwa Mohamed, Head of advocacy and outreach, Lawyers for Justice in Libya.
– Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR special envoy for the Central Mediterranean.

This edition of the Covid-Café will be co-hosted by Bob van Dillen (Cordaid), Sabina Atzei (Cordaid) and Peter Heintze (KUNO).

Registration

Please register by December 2 by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

When you have registered to attend, you will receive a Zoom link to join the meeting shortly before the start of the event.