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Law enforcement behind half of all violence against African migrants, UN says

Issued on: 30/07/2020 – 17:13Modified: 30/07/2020 – 17:14

Nearly half of all the violence visited on African migrants during their journey to the Mediterranean coast is perpetrated by law enforcers, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday.

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According to a report by UNHCR and the Danish Refugee Councils Mixed Migration Centre (MMC), thousands of refugees and migrants suffer extreme abuse including torture and sexual or gender-based violence, and in some cases death.

The report is based on nearly 16,000 interviews with refugees and migrants.

“In 47% of the cases, the victims reported the perpetrators of violence are law enforcement authorities, whereas in the past, we believe that it was mainly smugglers and traffickers,” Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR special envoy for the central Mediterranean, told a news conference in Geneva.

“States have a responsibility that they need to discharge in that respect.”

UNHCR reported that 1,750 people had d..