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UN Investigating Reports Of Mass Grave Along Libya-Tunisia Border

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United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner, Volker Turk.

The United Nations is investigating reports of a mass grave along the Libya-Tunisia border after at least 65 migrant bodies were found at another site earlier this year, UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Volker Turk, said on Tuesday.

In a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Turk condemned the widespread abuse of migrants and refugees in Libya.

He stated that abuses against migrants were being “perpetrated at scale, with impunity” by both state and non-state actors. Some of the abuses he listed were human trafficking, torture, forced labour, extortion, starvation and detention.

Turk urged Libyan authorities to respond swiftly to the UN’s inquiries and to “investigate these crimes fully.” He did not provide details about the suspected mass grave victims or how the site was discovered.

In March, the International Organisation for Migration reported the discovery of at least 65 bodies of migrants in a mass grave in southwest Libya’s al-Jahriya valley.

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