United Nation says most armed groups involved in human trafficking in Libya have links to the country’s official security institutions.
UN sanctions experts said in a confidential report to a Security Council committee, smugglers operating with impunity in Libya have sent hundreds of thousands of migrants to Europe, mainly Italy, by sea since 2014.
They said thousands have died during the voyages.
They said most of these armed groups “were nominally affiliated to official security institutions.”
The experts were reporting on an arms embargo and targeted sanctions that the United Nation Security Council imposed on Libya in 2011 when former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.
International agencies told the sanctions monitors that Libya’s Directorate Combating Illegal Migration had no control over its 24 detention centers.