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Fear and despair engulf refugees in Libya's 'market of human beings' | Global development

On the roofs of the highest buildings in Tajoura, a military complex and migrant detention centre in southern Tripoli, snipers are taking position.“Tonight nobody will sleep because of fear,” said a refugee locked up there. “We can hear the sound of guns and explosion of bombs very close to the detention centre.”As the fighters controlling Tajoura prepare for a showdown, some of the hundreds of refugees and migrants inside the complex, and in other detention centres across Tripoli, are worried that they will become victims and targets, after they were forced to take an active role supporting militias aligned with the Tripoli-based, UN-backed Government of National Accord. Compelling detained refugees and migrants to support fighters could constitute a war crime.Since April 4, when renegade military leader General Khalifa Haftar ordered his Libyan National Army forces to advance on the capital, migrants and refugees in three detention centres have told the Guardian they were taken out of locked halls and ordered to carry and move weapons, with some transferred to military bases around the city. In a fourth centre, detainees said people had been taken away by fighters, but they don’t know what’s happened to them.“The police and soldiers force migrants to do cleaning work and load weapons. They [tell] migrants that if you know how to shoot a gun we will make you stay with us,” said one migrant who messaged the Guardian using a hidden phone.The Guardian has also been sent photos of migrants wearing what appear to be military uniforms.“We even washed the cars that were full with the blood of the soldiers who were killed on the war front,” said another detainee. “They put the dead bodies in the military cars. I’m not feeling good but I don’t have a choice here.”“Forcing civilians to stockpile weapons in a warzone counts as abusive forced labour, is unlawfully cruel, and puts them at unnecessary risk,” said Judith Sunderland, associate director for the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch. “Making them wear uniforms suggests they are being used as hostages or human shields, both of which are war crimes.”“Far from pressing detained migrants into these dangerous activities, all parties should be taking all possible measures to avoid civilian casualties. The authorities should release all migrants who are arbitrarily detained and ensure their safety.”About 6,000 refugees and migrants are currently locked up in detention centres ostensibly under the control of Libya’s directorate for combating illegal migration, which is associated with the government of Fayez al-Sarraj.In reality, however, many of the centres are run by militias. The directorate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.The roughly 600 detainees in Tajoura are among tens of thousands of men, women, and children who have been...

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