At Tripoli’s Triq al Sikka detention centre in Libya
Irish journalist Sally Hayden yesterday reported that up to 30 refugees and migrants at Tripoli’s Triq al Sikka detention centre in Libya were tortured after they broke out and held a protest.
Just last week, Ms Hayden was named in the Senate by Sinn Féin TD Paul Gavan when he recalled a recent TV report she did for Channel 4.
Mr Gavan told the Senate:
The film actually showed Eritreans being tortured, having hot molten plastic put on their backs, and having concrete blocks placed on their backs while they lay in chains on the floor screaming in pain.
The reason this is happening is because the pirates who have taken these guys, girls, women and children extort large sums of money from the families in Eritrea.
The horrible truth is that our Government is complicit in this happening because, through the permanent structured co-operation, PESCO, rather than rescue migrants and bring them to safe havens, now the PESCO forces, including our Naval Service, hand them over to the Libyan coastguard, which is the equivalent of handing these people over to pirates.
The Libyan authorities, in turn, sell them as human commodities to people traffickers and at that point the torture, degradation, rape and mutilation is an everyday occurrence. This has all been filmed and it was all shown on “Channel 4 News” on Monday night.
…The most shameless disregard for human rights across the world is happening in the Mediterranean and, unfortunately, our Naval Service is part of it. We pay large sums of money to Libya to take care of the problems so that we do not have to see these people or worry about them and, in turn, they are sold, tortured, mutilated and killed.
I ask for a debate on the matter, Cathaoirleach, as a matter of urgency. It is time for people to stop their silence. Surely we should all be able to speak out against what is happening in Libya and against the role of our Naval Service in allowing it to happen.
Yesterday, Sally tweeted:
At the Thomas Davis Theatre in the Arts Bloc at Trinity College Dublin at 7pm…