The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its affiliate member the Libyan League for Human Rights (LLHR) are alarmed that Colonel Qaddhafi has embarked since the beginning of the hostilities, on February 17, 2011, on an active policy of rounding up African migrants (estimated nearly at 1.1 Million) to force them to fight in the ranks of Libyan troops loyal to him.
EMHRN has learned with great satisfaction about the positive outcome of the hunger strike led by 300 immigrants in Athens and Thessaloniki since January 25th.
Until a few weeks ago, the immigrant transfer center on this tiny Mediterranean island - a kind of Italian Ellis Island - was empty. An extensive European campaign against migration from Africa was considered so effective that the authorities basically shut it down.
The head of the United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday that it was proving a "logistical nightmare" to help tens of thousands of migrant workers fleeing Libya in a desperate crush on the Tunisian border.