Deeply concerned by the recent decisions of the European Union (EU) to prevent migrants from accessing the EU from Libya, more than seventy non-governmental organisations sent on Wednesday 22 February, an open letter to the Heads of State and Government of the EU member states.

“The decision to transfer the responsibility for managing migratory movements along the central Mediterranean route to Libya will neither reduce human rights abuses, nor end smuggling. Instead, it will significantly increase harm and suffering.

EU plans will exacerbate arrests and detention of migrants in Libya and increase exposure to severe human rights abuses.”