UNHCR calls for the release of refugees and asylum seekers arbitrarily held in detention and for an end to arbitrary detention in Libya through the establishment of a judicial review system in line with the Berlin Conclusions and development of alternatives to detention. Given the urgent humanitarian needs, UNHCR provides life-saving medical and humanitarian assistance in detention centres with the aim of securing access to people UNHCR serves for the purpose of protection monitoring, identification, verification, advocacy for release and use of alternatives to detention. UNHCR’s activities in detention centres do not represent an endorsement of Libya’s detention policy.
I am currently held at a detention centre. Can UNHCR advocate for my release?
UNHCR advocates for the release of all refugees and asylum seekers from arbitrary detention. UNHCR undertakes visits to official detention centres which fall under the jurisdiction of the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM). At the facilities, UNHCR and its partners provide lifesaving assistance, including the provision of medical assistance and distribute hygiene kits and other core relief items.
I am currently detained at a detention centre, and I want to register with UNHCR. What can I do?
UNHCR does not undertake registration activities in detention centres. However, UNHCR will advocate for your release and upon release you will be given a registration appointment.
I have lost contact with my relative, who was arrested. Can you assist me in locating him/her?
You can call the UNHCR Protection Hotline at 0917127644 and provide the details of your relative.
UNHCR undertakes visits to official detention centres which fall under the jurisdiction of the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) in order to verify the people UNHCR serves. If/when UNHCR locates your relative, and if your relative gives his/her consent, you will be contacted.