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United Nations Reacts After 3 Libyan Men Burn Nigerian Man Alive in Libya

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After the Libyan Interior Ministry disclosed how three Libyan men stormed a factory in Tripoli, doused a Nigerian petrol man, and set him on fire, the United Nations(UN) responded.

 

A statement by the Interior Ministry of Tripoli on Wednesday confirmed that the three suspects, all Libyan citizens, had been arrested for assaulting an unidentified Nigerian individual. Tuesday the 6th of October.

 

Witnesses identified the men storming the factory and setting the Nigerian man ablaze, according to the ministry.

 

The United Nations has described the attack, one of many carried out by Libyans on migrants in the North African region, as "another senseless violence against migrants in the region."

"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.

 

In August, 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, according to the UN Refugee Agency.


Amnesty International issued a damning study last month describing "horrific cycles of abuses" against migrants in Libya.

 

 

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