Human rights campaigns have called on authorities to rescue 13 Tunisian children who have been living in terrible conditions in Libyan prisons after their parents were killed fighting amongst terrorist groups in the country.
In a statement to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the President of the Tunisian Observatory for Human Rights, Mustafa Abdul Kabir, said: “There are 13 children aged between two and eight years old living with their mothers in tragic situations in Libyan prisons, after their fathers died fighting with Takfiri groups who have been eliminated during the American strikes in the cities of Sabratha and Sirte.”
“These children in the end are Tunisian and there is no fault with them and the Tunisian authorities and the Foreign Ministry needs to work on returning them and other prisoners in Libyan jails because it is tasked with following up on the situation and responsible for the Tunisian community abroad.”
Abdul Kabir also reiterated his refusal to set up camps in southern Tunisia to host refugees and illegal immigrants deported from Europe.
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed visited Germany for discussions on establishing a refugee camp in Tunisia that would comprise of refugees, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.
“I pointed out on several occasions of the existence of pressure from the European Union to find a camp for refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people from Europe in the south of Tunisia. We human rights organisations will boycott this and we will organise protests against him [in the case Chahed was to sign an agreement of this kind].”
“We will not accept the presence of refugees of other nationalities in the country, but in the case of returning illegal Tunisian immigrants back to their country, this is another matter with no objection [because the Constitution allows it],” Abdul Kabir explained.
Middle East Monitor