21 Dec 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Libya

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Russia Has a Plan for Libya—Another Qaddafi
Bloomberg, 20 Dec 2018

Russia has a new potential leader for Libya. His name is Qaddafi.
The former dictator’s son, Saif al-Islam, this month became the latest in a long line of Libyans to seek Moscow’s support as President Vladimir Putin steps up Russia’s role in the energy-rich North African state.
With the U.S. all but absent, the Kremlin sees an opening to become the key power broker in Libya, rudderless and divided since Muammar Qaddafi’s overthrow and death in 2011. Russia is likely to be emboldened in that aim by U.S. plans to pull out of Syria.
 

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Libya military demands the UN investigate Turkey arms shipments
Middle East Monitor , 20 Dec 2018

The Libyan National Army has called on the United Nations Security Council to launch an investigation into the arrival of two shipments of military hardware from Turkey.
In a statement released late yesterday, the Libyan army expressed deep concern over the arrival of the shipments – which carried a variety of rifles and munitions, including over four million bullets – on Monday and Tuesday.
 

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UN report: Majority of female migrants faced gang rape in Libya
Aljazeera , 20 Dec 2018

The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or witnessed others taken away to be abused, according to a UN report based on hundreds of interviews.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement published on Thursday that its report, along with the United Nations support mission in Libya, turned up "unimaginable horrors" among migrants who sought to reach Europe through the largely lawless country.
 

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Libyan state oil firm keeps El Sharara oilfield closed, rejects paying off protesters
Reuters, 20 Dec 2018

Libya’s Sharara oilfield remains closed, state oil firm NOC said on Thursday, resisting pressure from some officials to quickly pay off protesters which shut it down.
On Wednesday, Libya’s internationally recognized government said the 315,000 barrels a day field, the country’s biggest, would reopen after Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj flew there to meet protesters who seized the southern facility on Dec 8.
 

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Asylum seeker to sue UK for funding Libyan detention centres
The Guardian, 20 Dec 2018

A teenage asylum seeker from Ethiopia is planning to sue the government for its role in funding detention centres in Libya, where he says he experienced physical abuse, extortion and forced labour.
The teenager, who turned 18 a few weeks ago, cannot be named. He lives in London and is waiting for the Home Office to determine his asylum claim. His legal action against the government’s Department for International Development (DfID) for its contribution to funding these overseas centres is thought to be the first of its kind.
 

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