Days after the Libyan interior Ministry revealed how three Libyan men invaded a factory in Tripoli, doused a Nigerian worker in petrol and reportedly set him on fire, the United Nations (UN) has reacted to the tragic incident.
This was contained in a statement released by the Tripoli’s interior ministry on Wednesday.
The ministry said the 3 suspects, all Libyan nationals, had been detained for the attack on the Nigerian man who has not been named on Tuesday October 6.
According to the ministry, witnesses described the men storming the factory and setting the Nigerian man on fire.
The attack, one out of many carried out by Libyans on migrants in the north African country has been described by the United Nations as “another senseless crime against migrants in the country.”
“We are horrified by the killing of a Nigerian migrant worker in Tripoli, Libya by three men yesterday. The young man was burned alive, in yet again another senseless crime against migrants in the country,” tweeted Federico Soda, head of the UN’s International Organization of Migration mission in Libya.
“Those responsible must be held to account.”
Libya has been accused of being a hostile environment for migrants and refugees who mostly pass through the country in an attempt to reach safer shores in Europe. In 2017 CNN did an undercover documentary showing Libyan buying and selling captured migrants like slaves, to the shock of the international community.
According to the UN Refugee Agency, over 45 migrants died in a shipwreck off of the Libyan coast while more than 7,000 people making the journey from Africa to Europe have been returned to Libya in 2020 in August.
Last month, Amnesty International released a damning report detailing “horrific cycles of abuses” of migrants in Libya.
The report also cited including unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and rape.
“Instead of being protected, they are met with a catalogue of appalling human rights abuses and now unfairly for the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic on deeply racist and xenophobic grounds,” said Diana Eltahawy, the rights group’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa said in the report.
“Despite this, even in 2020 the EU and its member states continue to implement policies trapping tens of thousands of men, women and children in a vicious cycle of abuse, showing callous disregard for people’s lives and dignity.”