Armed militias illegally detaining women in Libya

Libya militia

Libya militia

from AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI, (CAJ News) MIGRANT women detained by government or militias and armed groups in Libya are vulnerable to sexual and physical violence as well as forced prostitution.

This is the latest damning assessment of the human rights situation in the hostile North African country.

It has also emerged females are unable to access sanitary pads while pregnant women are commonly forced to give birth in harsh prisons without medical assistance.

Porous borders and collusion between militia and smugglers have led to an influx of migrants aiming to settle or work in Libya, which is also a gateway to Europe.

According to the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism (4Mi) of the Danish Refugee Council and Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, widespread racism and authorities’ responses to migration have put irregular migrant women at risk.

“Risks range from being harassed by the local community to kidnapping and imprisonment,” a humanitarian spokesperson told CAJ News Africa in Tripoli.

Women, according to the humanitarian agencies, are bearing the brunt of the waves of anti-immigrant violence targeting black Africans in Libya.

Sub-Saharan migrants in Libya are said to face increased xenophobia compared to other nationals.

Hostilities towards black Africans have been linked to perceptions they might be criminals, spread diseases or being affiliated with the regime of slain president Muammar Gaddafi.

Gaddafi, who was assassinated by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO allegedly used mercenary foreign fighters.

Women face additional stigmatisation on the suspicion of being prostitutes.

Fearing harassment, Christian migrants, mainly women reportedly adopt Muslim customs and practice their faith in private.

Recently, Libya was at the centre of a slave trade scandal.

– CAJ News




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