UNSMIL Spokesperson’s Clarification on SRSG Martin Kobler Statement to the Human Rights Council
28 September 2016 - Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler wishes to clarify his statements, on 27 September 2016, regarding de-criminalization of irregular migration in Libya, which has been widely misperceived.
In this context, Martin Kobler said, "Regrettably, my statements have been misinterpreted. Libya, as any sovereign country, of course has the right the full right to regulate entry across its borders. Irregular crossing of the borders can constitute an administrative offense, and must be dealt with, respecting the international standards that ensure the protection needs of migrants.
"Libya maintains the right to deport irregular migrants under conditions that respect the human rights principles. The UN remains ready and committed to helping the Libyan authorities in its efforts to improve the situation of migrants," added the Special Representative.