Pope Francis has asked for the practice of sending migrants back to Libya to end as migrants are returned to countries where they suffer “inhumane violence”.
The Pope also called for the international community to formulate more “concrete” solutions to managing the flow of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
Speaking in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said, “I express my closeness to the thousands of migrants, refugees and others in need of protection in Libya,” while adding, “I never forget you, I hear your cry and I pray for you.”
While calling for new ways to manage migration in the Mediterranean Sea, the Pope said that “So many of these men, women and children are subject to inhumane violence,”.
He also described the detention facilities in Libya as “true concentration camps”.
These detention centres have long been denounced for their conditions by UN Refugee Agency officials and human rights organisations.
As well as the poor conditions, migrants are also subject to beatings, rape, insufficient food and forms of torture, according to the above groups.
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