Libyan asylum seekers should stay, Amnesty says

The Swiss branch of Amnesty International has called on the Swiss government not to deport Libyans because of the high risk of detention upon their return home.

This content was published on August 31, 2009 - 15:58

The call by Amnesty comes on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Moammar Gaddafi seizing power in the North African state.

In a statement on Monday, Amnesty said that several Libyans, having been deported after their asylum requests were rejected, were detained, interrogated and some even condemned to long-term prison sentences.

As long as Libya refuses to protect refugees and continues to detain returned asylum seekers, Amnesty opposes any agreement between Switzerland and Libya allowing deportations, the statement read.

The human rights organisation said various Libyan detention centres were controlled by so-called people's committees, which did not follow the rule of law. Detainees had practically no chance to protect themselves from torture or abuse, Amnesty said.

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