October 15, 2021

Rep. Neguse Sends Letter to State Department Expressing Deep Concern Over Refugee Humanitarian Crises in Libya

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse submitted a letter to Assistant Secretary of State Yael Lempert expressing serious concerns over recent reports of human rights violations against refugees amidst the ongoing conflict in Libya. After reports of mass incarcerations of refugees from Sub-Saharan Africa (including Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan) in the nation’s capital of Tripoli, Rep. Neguse urged the State Department to leverage its role on the world stage to call for an end to the unlawful detentions and safe evacuations and resettlement efforts.

“I am alarmed by the lack of international assistance for [African] refugees, many of whom are living in unsafe conditions with little or no access to health care, essential medicines, food, safe drinking water, or shelter,” wrote Congressman Joe Neguse. “With the help of our international partners and the full weight of U.S. support, we must call on the Libyan authorities to identify safe and dignified alternatives to allow for the immediate resumption of humanitarian evacuation and resettlement flights out of Libya.”

The letter highlighted reports of an estimated 5,000 people in overcrowded Tripoli detention centers and the ‘dire’ conditions facing the nearly 650,000 refugees, as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs) forced out of their homes by the civil war that has recently entered its tenth year.

Congressman Neguse, a son of refugees, remains committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of refugees worldwide. In the wake of recent escalations of conflict in Afghanistan, Rep. Neguse has pushed to ensure that the U.S. remains committed to securing safe passage out of conflict zones for Americans, SIV holders and those with P1 and P2 visas. He recently welcomed one refugee, Ahmad Siddiqi, and his family to his district as they fled Taliban persecution resulting from Siddiqi’s prior work alongside members of the U.S. army from Colorado. Siddiqi and his family have settled in Broomfield, Colorado.