Concerns over lack of effective protection in detention contexts throughout the region

Across the MENA region, media and NGO reports continue to highlight the increased risk of detention for refugees, asyum seekers and irregular migrants.

People held in immigration detention are inherently vulnerable due to their reliance on others to have basic needs met.

Reports this month highlight the very poor conditions, lack of oversight and detention of vulnerable individuals in Libya, with indications that a Somali baby died in detention due to lack of access to health care.

Disturbingly, there were also reports that detainees are involved in the clearing of land mines, despite lack of training or skills in this dangerous and technical task.

In Yemen, reports that large numbers of Africans have been detained and deported raises concerns about access to protection mechanisms from within the detention environment.

More details about these concerns and others can be found in the reports below.

Jordan: Security concerns in Syrian refugee camp (The Guardian)

Libya: Somali asylum seeker lost her baby in Libyan detention centre (Malta Today), Somali asylum seeker lost her baby in Libyan detention centre (Somali Diaspora News), Le Niger déconseille la Libye à ses ressortissants (Afrik.com), When displacement, landmines and racism mix: the fate of Eritreans in Libya (Landmines in Africa)

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia building wall at border with Yemen (Eurasia Review)

Yemen: Yemen deports 2,500 Africans this year (Yemen Times)