More at risk of detention as services scaled back in Libya
Reports this month highlight the increased risks of detention, deportation, refoulment and abuse faced by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Libya, due to loss of support when organisations were been forced to withdraw due to risk to staff safety. Heightened vulnerability of arrest and detention, or lack of safety, contributes then to individuals seeking to move onwards, by whatever means available, putting themselves at risk on dangerous overland or sea journeys. Those who survive the journey often risk arrest and detention in the receiving countries
Independent monitoring of detention needed across MENA
Independent access to and monitoring of places of detention are critical factors in ensuring minimum standards are upheld, and preventing torture and rights abuses. News stories and reports from across MENA this month regarding poor conditions and allegations of abuse in immigration detention facilities are a stark reminder of this.
Israel: action against the anti-infiltration law continues
In Israel, action against the anti-infiltration law has increased again, with ongoing protests by asylum seekers and migrants and Israeli supporters, through to court petition to challenge the legislation.
IOM Cairo, with the Migration Coordination Task Force for the North-Eastern African Migratory Route and North Africa has issued a request for expressions of interest for researchers regarding examination of different aspects of complex mixed migration along the North-Eastern African Migratory Route and in North Africa.